Unit of competency details

DEFCA105 - Operate and maintain armoured vehicle weapon systems (Release 1)

Summary

Releases:
ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 24/Jan/2013

Usage recommendation:
Superseded
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to DEFCA102B - Operate and maintain armoured fighting vehicle weapon systemsTitle Change. Unit Descriptor updated. Application added. Language revised from armoured fighting vehicle to armoured vehicle. Repetitive PC statements removed. Minor Range Statement changes. Evidence Guide updated. Pre-requisite removed. 23/Jan/2013
Is superseded by and equivalent to DEFMIL042 - Operate and maintain armoured vehicle weapon systemsUnit code updated. Content and formatting updated to comply with the new standards. All PC transitioned from passive to active voice. PC 1.3 removed. Assessment Requirements created drawing upon specified assessment information from superseded unit. 21/Oct/2015

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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030717 Plant And Machine Operations  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030717 Plant And Machine Operations  06/May/2013 
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Modification History

Release 

TP version 

Comments 

1

DEF12 V2

First release. Unit Descriptor updated. Application added. Language revised from armoured fighting vehicle to armoured vehicle. Repetitive PC statements removed. Minor Range Statement changes. Evidence Guide updated. Pre-requisite removed.

Unit Descriptor

This unit covers the competency required to operate armoured vehicle direct fire weapon systems to effectively produce fire.

Direct fire weapon systems are integral to, and operated in conjunction with, armoured vehicles. People who undertake this work will be part of an armoured vehicle crew.

Direct fire is primarily used during conventional operations to establish fire supremacy in order to destroy the enemy s will to operate. It can also be applied in accordance with the Rules of Engagement during security operations.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication. In a Defence context, this means that there is no civilian need to hold this unit in order to meet licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements.

Application of the Unit

This unit was developed for combat arms soldiers working within an operational zone in Defence. Typically these individuals must demonstrate the ability to work as individuals and as part of an armoured vehicle crew under direct and/or indirect supervision, use discretion and judgement, and take responsibility for the quality of their outputs.

All activities are carried out in accordance with relevant organisational policies and procedures.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Pre-Requisites

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Information

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a Unit of Competency.

Performance Criteria describe the required performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised  text is used, further information is detailed in the Range Statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the Evidence Guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENT 

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA 

1. Prepare weapon systems for operations 

1.1 Armoured vehicle  direct fire weapon systems are prepared for the conduct of operations  in accordance with orders. 

1.2 In-service ammunition  is identified.

1.3 Work health and safety (WHS) requirements and recognised safety precautions, including those contained in Australian Defence Force procedures, are applied throughout the operation appropriately to the operational environment and context.

2. Operate armoured vehicle weapon systems 

2.1 Equipment  is operated to support weapon functions.

2.2 Weapon drills  are conducted.

2.3 Targets are identified, acquired and engaged in accordance with fire control orders. 

2.4 Effective fire is applied in accordance with operational requirements.

3. Maintain armoured vehicle weapon systems 

3.1 Weapon systems are cleaned in accordance with operational requirements.

3.2 Weapon systems are maintained  in accordance with operational requirements.

3.3 Documentation is completed.

Required Skills and Knowledge

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.

Required Skills 

  • apply operational safety
  • apply relevant WHS requirements
  • carry out weapon drills
  • conduct equipment maintenance
  • identify regional armoured fighting vehicles and aircraft
  • respond to fire control orders
  • select and prepare ammunition
  • use communication systems
  • use equipment/instruments

Required Knowledge 

  • armoured fighting vehicle weapons drills and procedures
  • characteristics, technical capabilities, effects, employment and limitations of relevant ammunition
  • equipment
  • characteristics, technical capabilities, effects, employment and limitations of relevant armoured fighting vehicle weapon systems
  • characteristics, technical capabilities, effects, employment and limitations of relevant equipment
  • fire control orders and fire discipline
  • WHS requirements
  • regional armoured fighting vehicles and aircraft recognition reporting requirements and procedures associated with the operation of equipment
  • safety precautions associated with the equipment

Evidence Guide

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Assessment must confirm the ability to apply effective fire in an operational environment through the application of fire discipline in a live fire environment; to react instinctively to fire orders; to work as an effective member of the crew; and to operate the system without a breach of safety procedures.

Consistency in performance 

Competency should be demonstrated in a range of operations or in simulated operational environments that must include at least one live fire activity.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Context of assessment 

Competency should be assessed in an operational or simulated operational environment. The simulation should replicate the operational environment. The individual must be assessed as part of a crew.

Specific resources for assessment 

Access to a simulated or actual operational environment, an armoured vehicle, its crew, weapons, equipment and ammunition.

Range Statement

The Range Statement relates to the Unit of Competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised  wording in the Performance Criteria is detailed below.

Armoured vehicle  may include:

  • all current in-service equipment:
  • main battle tank family of
  • light wheeled armoured family of vehicles
  • light tracked armoured family of vehicles

Operations  may include:

  • defensive
  • offensive
  • security

Orders  may include:

  • warning orders
  • quick orders
  • deliberate orders
  • fire orders
  • and may be:
  • formal or informal
  • written, verbal or transmitted electronically

Ammunition  is identified by:

  • colour
  • hazard band
  • labelling
  • lot/batch numbers
  • markings
  • nomenclature
  • packaging
  • type e.g. high explosive anti-tank (HEAT), high explosive squash head (HESH), armour piercing discarding sabot (APDS)

Equipment  may include:

  • ancillary equipment e.g. gun clinometer, traverse indicator
  • firing controls
  • gun controls
  • sighting and laying equipment

Weapon drills  may include:

  • action
  • boresight and sight alignment
  • check guns
  • clear gun
  • engagement
  • fire the gun
  • fixed line firing
  • handling
  • jammed cartridge
  • load and unload
  • make safe
  • misfire
  • replenish
  • stoppage

Fire control orders  may include:

  • direct fire orders
  • semi indirect fire orders
  • indirect fire orders

Maintaining weapons systems  may include:

  • first and last parade procedures
  • non-technical inspection
  • pre fire checks
  • servicing

Unit Sector(s)

Not applicable.

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