The path to a solution began with advances in electronic processing in the 1970s which followed the invention and proliferation of the microchip in the 1940s and 1950s, when gunners were quick to realise the potential for applying even early electronic computers to achieve faster and more accurate firing data
. A few years later the ability to more accurately and quickly determine gun and target position was refined though the realisation of Inertial Navigation and Location Systems (INS).
The new M-109 series howitzer can unlock its tube, locate itself, compute its own firing data
and aim the cannon.
was derived from a ballistics card generated by FTW and ranges to the targets were lasered.
But mortar platoon sergeants are the best ones to enter the round count and firing data
Any incorrect information will result in inaccurate firing data
. IMLC instructors stress the value of technological advancements while instilling an appreciation for the mindset of knowing what right looks like while using the manual tools.
The history matters more than anything else because solving a problem requires an understanding of cause and effect - and because the historical behavior that created the situation has not changed: The Israelis have not, for example, fully vacated the Lebanese territory they occupy, stopped violating Lebanese airspace, or provided badly needed firing data
that might help demining crews clear unexploded ordnance that has killed or wounded 300 Lebanese since the end of the 2006 war.
This was the method used to acquire the firing data
of Figure 2, where the BRI proof of principle benefited from the ranges and the cooperation of the Army Test Center (ATC), co-located with WMRD at the Aberdeen Proving Ground.
Once a fire mission is sent to the Dragon Fire, the weapon computes firing data
, acknowledges the receipt of the fire mission, aims itself, and when the round is placed on its loading tray, loads and tires.
Finding the appropriate target, establishing its grids with the maximum possible accuracy, providing those grids to the command post, elaborate firing data
considering target grids and effectors positioning as well as choosing appropriate effectors, transmitting firing data
to the selected firing assets, and give the green light for firing, this is in simple terms the firing cycle that an artillery command and control system must manage.
An easy method to accomplish quick indirect fires is to use direct lay fires and note the firing data
for all of the targets that are in sight of your mortar position.
To ensure quick action time the LG 1 is equipped with a GPS/INS navigation and orientation system; however lessons learned in Colombia showed the necessity for each single gun to be able to compute its own firing data
based on target data supplied by the army network.