FORT HOOD, Texas, Jan. 28, 2005 – The oldest of Operational Test Command's test directorates is the Fire Support Test Directorate located at the home of Field Artillery, Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
This directorate is a professional, mission-focused test directorate that contributes to the Field Artillery's future successes on the battlefield of the 21st century by rigorous testing under realistic operational conditions.
In the first part of 2004, the directorate remained busy by conducting tests and provided objective assessments on the lightweight technical fire direction system, pocket sized forward entry device, advanced field artillery tactical data system as well the Stryker mobile gun system.
Over the second half of 2004, the directorate will conduct the initial operational test on both high mobility artillery rocket system and guided multiple launch rocket system.
To compliment our ability to conduct tests and assessments, the directorate has developed an instrumentation suite unique to this directorate and the Command.
The Extensible C4I Instrumentation Suite uses the latest in software engineering technology and provides the directorate with the capability to conduct corps-level testing of fire support C4 systems by simulating 75 -90 percent of the corps' fire support operational facilities. This capability, unequalled in the command, has permitted