DRAGON FIELD TACTICAL TRAINER
The DFTT tracks a small retroreflector mounted on the target vehicle. This retroreflector can be placed on virtually any vehicle or item. Only the number of retroreflectors available restricts the number of targets.
During the simulated flight of the missile, the DFTT provides feedback to the firer. As the missile travels downrange, the DFTT displays the missile's alignment with the target. At the end of the mission, the DFTT displays whether the missile hit or missed; if a hit, it shows where the missile struck the target.
C-3. MULTIPLE INTEGRATED LASER ENGAGEMENT SYSTEM
Although trainers can use MILES with the DFTT, doing so is impractical. If trainers use this method of training, they will need a retroreflector and MILES belt. The MILES laser requires a clean LOS to the retroreflector. This means that trainers must not hide the retroreflector behind any obstruction such as a tree or brush pile. Leaders should not count MILES training as force-on-force training.
The DFTT also allows the trainer to adjust the difficulty of the scenario to the firer's proficiency by changing—
The target kill zone.
The amount of target obscuration caused by the rocket blast.
The weight lost after the gunner fires a round.
C-5. CAPABILITIES AND LIMITATIONS
The DFTT can be used either during daylight hours or periods of limited visibility.
(1) DFTT provides feedback to the firer during the simulated flight of the missile. It shows how the missile aligns with the target as it travels downrange.
(2) After each mission, the DFTT displays whether or not the missile hit the target and, if so, where on the target it hit.
(1) Only the number of retroreflectors available to the unit restricts the number of targets presented to the firer.
(2) The afternoon or evening before scheduled training, trainers must recharge the DFTT computer from a 110-volt outlet for at least five hours.
Local commanders and leaders should work together to write local directives and SOPs to supplement safety precautions. The SOPs should state individual responsibilities, safety requirements, distance limits for soldiers and explosives, training locations, sequence of operations, equipment needed for handling munitions, and protection of soldiers. Directives or SOP must clearly designate each person's responsibilities in any operation involving explosives. The unit must observe safety precautions.
C-7. FIRING TABLES
Basic instructional Firing Tables 5 and 6 help new gunners learn about the DFTT.
This equipment uses laser light. Always follow laser range safety procedures in AR 385-63 and TB MED 524. Remember—under the following conditions, looking directly at a laser light can blind you permanently:
THIS EQUIPMENT USES HIGH VOLTAGES AND HIGH-EXPLOSIVE BLAST SIMULATORS.
YOU MUST FOLLOW ALL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS WHEN USING THIS EQUIPMENT. FAILURE TO DO SO COULD CAUSE YOU OR SOMEONE ELSE TO LOSE YOUR HEARING, SUFFER TRAUMATIC INJURY, OR DIE.
FOR INFORMATION ABOUT ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION, SEE FM 21-11.
1. HIGH VOLTAGES.
2. HIGH-EXPLOSIVE BLAST SIMULATORS.
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