What is the Battery Commander (ISTAR) Course?

Aim of the Course

To develop the skills and knowledge of selected officers in order to train them to train them to perform the tasks of an Intelligence Surveillance Target Acquisition & Reconnaissance (ISTAR) Battery Commander (BC).

Facilitated by IDT(A).

Entry Standards

  • Lieutenant (OF-1).
  • IELTS Level 5.0.


Five (5) working days, with one course per year.


Royal School of Artillery Larkhill.

Outline of Course

Command the Battery from the STA Coordination centre (STACC). Command a STA Bty, understand and apply BM and devise the CSS plan for the STA Bty.

  • Establish the STACC.
    • Support commander’s CF plan, STAP and ICP, advise the commander on the status of STA assets, exercise OPCOM of relevant STA assets, establish sensor-to-shooter ‘Quick Fire’ links in accordance with EGM, exercise C2 over attached STA assets as directed, contribute to the formulation of EMCON policy, deconflict battlespace, determine and promulgate the met support plan to STA assets, produce and disseminate Artillery Reserved Area (ARA) and Artillery Manoeuvre Area (AMA) information, allocate Named Area Interest (NAI), Target Area Interest (TAI) and maintain Situation Awareness (SA) of the STA assets.
  • Deploy STA assets.
    • Apply the deployment principles, evaluate deployment factors, determine deployment type, conduct the counter fires estimate, initiate the recce process, deploy the Battery, monitor readiness states and plan and manage an ISTAR network.
  • Operate within the Bde/Div ISTAR cell.
    • Coordinate and manage activities of the Bde/Div ISTAR cell, liaise with formation staff, advise on strategic and operational ISR capabilities, advise on the capabilities of in-service STA assets, utilise operational staff work, liaise with legal advisors, apply the UK joint targeting policy, apply measures of effectiveness and battle damage assessment, advise on collateral damage estimate (CDE), advise on the planning considerations of in-service STA assets, extract relevant information from the ATO and advise on En strike and STA capabilities.

Qualifications Gained



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