What is the Fire Support Team Commander Course?

Aim of the Course

To develop the the requisite skills and knowledge of selected officers in order that they may perform the tasks of a Fire Support Team Commander (Close Support).

Facilitated by IDT(A).

Entry Standards

  • Captain (OF-2).
  • IELTS Level 5.5.
  • Qualified AFV Commander (armoured students only).


Eleven (11) weeks, with three (3) courses per year.


Royal School of Artillery Larkhill.

Outline of Course

  • Supervise/Operate Specialist OP Equipment:
    • Understand and brief the capability of equipment, including Precision Strike suite, STA equipment (including radar) and OPV where relevant.
  • Apply the Principles of CS Technical Gunnery:
    • Encapsulating the Gunnery Problem and focussing on a variety of mission-sets enabling the student to become technically proficient and able to supervise subordinates.
    • Coordinate and Direct Joint Fires. Primarily concerned with Joint Fires Assets at Coy/Sqn level, students also learn and practice standard and nonstandard missions, Fire Planning, and ROE and CD factors.
  • Liaise, Integrate with and Advise the Manoeuvre arm:
    • Learn capabilities in order to provide advice on OS, FST employability and Risk.
  • Training Support.
    • The delivery and evaluation of training is conducted in accordance with the Defence Systems Approach to Training (DSAT).

Topics include:

  • Recce and Selection of an Observation Post (OP).
  • Supervise/Operate Specialist OP Equipment.
  • Task Intelligence Surveillance
  • Target Acquisition Reconnaissance (ISTAR) Assets.
  • Acquire and transmit Tactical Information.
  • Coordinate and Direct Joint Fires.
  • Apply the Principles of CS Technical Gunnery.
  • Apply the Principles of the Artillery Safe System.
  • Liaise, Integrate with and Advise the Manoeuvre Arm.
  • Management of Battlespace within a BG AO.
  • Communicate as an FST.
  • Operate within a CS Regt.
  • Mentor/Conduct Tac Group training.

Qualifications Gained

On successful completion officers will be qualified as a FST Commander.


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