The Firefinder Classroom Trainer (FCT) is the first classroom based trainer for the AN/TPQ-36/37 Firefinder Radar that enables the training of up to six operators simultaneously in a classroom environment. The FCT provides the means to effectively train AN/TPQ-36/37 Operators in situations indicative of the operational capabilities of the system without impacting field assets.
The FCT Trainee Stations closely match the operator console of the AN/TPQ-36/37 radar in actual appearance and function. The instructor can run previously prepared training scenarios or can prepare his own new scenarios. Free play is also permitted. Pertinent aspects of the training sessions are recorded and performance statistics are provided for review and analysis by the instructor.
The FCT consists of one (1) Instructor Station (IS) and up to six (6) Trainee Stations (TS) interconnected on a Simulation LAN and is built with COTS (Commercial-Off-the-Shelf) components.
Instructor Station Features
Trainee Station Features
Startup & initialize the system
Operate in the hostile fire mode and perform the following tasks:
Entering & Storing Meteorological Data
Determining Height Correction
Entering, Recalling, and Deleting Target Locations
Using Location Averaging & Auto Censoring
Entering & Changing Antenna Azimuths
Entering, Storing, Processing, and Deleting Zones
Changing Frequency Limits & Sector Edges
Changing Min & Max Range
Taking Action to Minimize ECM Effect
Operate in the friendly fire mode and perform the following tasks:
Observing Friendly Fire Buffer Data
Setting Friendly Fire Buffers
Printing Buffer Data
Selecting the Friendly Fire Mode
Observing and Acting upon Directive Messages
Orienting Friendly Fire Targets
Selecting the Hostile Fire Mode
Printing Friendly Fire Buffer Parameters
Deleting Friendly Fire Targets
Transmit & Receive TACFIRE or other Data Link messages
Handle faults & malfunctions
Shut the system down
The FCT Instructor Station is delivered with a User’s Manual on Preparation and execution of scenarios and map creation and loading. The system is delivered with a sample set of training scenarios. The Trainee is able to use the actual AN/TPQ-36/37 Operator Manual.
The Digital Map Kit (DMK)
The DMK option is available for the FCT if desired. The DMK responds and is used on the FCT exactly the same as on the actual AN/TPQ-36/37. The DMK replaces the tape drive for rapid loading and provides accurate Automatic Height Correction (AHC) during operation.