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Department of the Army_Field Manual 3-23.24 (Fm 23-24)_M 47 Dragon Medium Anti Tank Weapon System_30 August 2001

Department of the Army_Field Manual 3-23.24 (Fm 23-24)_M 47 Dragon Medium Anti Tank Weapon System_30 August 2001

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This manual provides guidance for using and employing the M47 Dragon, a mediumrange,
antiarmor, surface-attack, guided missile weapon system. It provides information
about the M47 Dragon’s characteristics, nomenclature, and functions. The training program
provided helps develop, evaluate, and maintain the proficiency of Dragon gunners. Tactical
employment procedures described herein do not cover all situations.
Leaders and members of units equipped with the M47 Dragon should use this manual
to train and test individual gunners or teams. This manual also discusses five key elements
for maintaining combat proficiency with the Dragon:
• Technical and tactical information.
• A training program that stresses command involvement.
• Centralized training.
• Gunner selection.
• Development of qualified trainers.
This manual provides guidance for using and employing the M47 Dragon, a mediumrange,
antiarmor, surface-attack, guided missile weapon system. It provides information
about the M47 Dragon’s characteristics, nomenclature, and functions. The training program
provided helps develop, evaluate, and maintain the proficiency of Dragon gunners. Tactical
employment procedures described herein do not cover all situations.
Leaders and members of units equipped with the M47 Dragon should use this manual
to train and test individual gunners or teams. This manual also discusses five key elements
for maintaining combat proficiency with the Dragon:
• Technical and tactical information.
• A training program that stresses command involvement.
• Centralized training.
• Gunner selection.
• Development of qualified trainers.

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HEADQUARTERSFIELD MANUAL 3-23.24 (FM 23-24)DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
M47 DRAGONMEDIUM ANTITANK WEAPONSYSTEM
DISTRIBUTION RESTRICTION:
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
 
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FIELD MANUAL*FM 3-23.24 (FM 23-24)NO. 3-23.24HEADQUARTERSDEPARTMENT OF THE ARMYWASHINGTON, DC, 30 August 2001
M47 DRAGONMEDIUM ANTITANK WEAPON SYSTEM
CONTENTS
Page
............................................................................................................................. iv
CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER 2. OPERATION AND FUNCTION
CHAPTER 3. TRAINING EQUIPMENT
CHAPTER 4. UNIT TRAINING
DISTRIBUTION RESTRICTION:
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
* This publication supersedes FM 23-24, 3 April 1990.
 
FM 3-23.24 (FM 23-24)ii
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CHAPTER 5. INSTRUCTOR'S GUIDE TO EFFECTIVE TRAINING
CHAPTER 6. GUNNER QUALIFICATION PROGRAM
CHAPTER 7. SUSTAINMENT TRAINING PROGRAM
CHAPTER 8. EMPLOYMENT
Section I.Employment in the Defense ....................................................... 8-18-1.Firing Positions .......................................................................... 8-18-2.Movement ................................................................................... 8-28-3.Selection of Fighting Positions .................................................. 8-28-4.Preparation of Fighting Positions ............................................... 8-38-5.Preparation of Range Cards ....................................................... 8-78-6.Target Identification ................................................................... 8-98-7.Target Recognition by Type ..................................................... 8-118-8.Thermal Identification .............................................................. 8-12SectionII.Target Engagement .................................................................. 8-138-9.Engagement Range ................................................................... 8-138-10.Range Determination ................................................................ 8-138-11.Time and Space ....................................................................... 8-158-12.Vulnerable Points of Armored Vehicles .................................. 8-178-13.Fire Control .............................................................................. 8-178-14.Limited Visibility...................................................................... 8-21APPENDIXA.TRAIN-THE-TRAINER TASKS FOR THE DGT AND DFTT ........ A-1APPENDIXB.DRAGON GUNNERY TRAINER ..................................................... B-1

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