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US Army and Long Range Fires


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Longer range artillery in the form of MRLS and tube artillery need to be scrutinized.A mobile rail gun system might be a hybrid solution but its not without the major hurdle of alot of power to make the rail gun work.Then you have the issue of the rail degrading with use.


U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces face two particular challenges from the modernized Russian military in Europe. The first is an increasingly sophisticated air defense network consisting of large numbers of mobile high performance anti-aircraft missiles of varying ranges integrated through an array of radars, airborne surveillance aircraft and other sensor systems. Coupled with new generation air superiority fighters, the Russian air defense network in Europe casts an anti-air umbrella that is hundreds of miles deep, one that is capable of denying the West the ability to conduct effective air operations even over large portions of NATO airspace, the Baltic and Black Seas and the Western regions of Russia.

The second threat is posed by massed, long-range artillery, land and sea-launched cruise missiles and surface-to-surface rocket systems supported by an array of surveillance and targeting systems, including drones. Russian ballistic and cruise missiles can threaten targets at ranges of several hundred miles. According to Dr. Phillip Karber, a long-time observer of the Russian military:

The increased availability of overhead surveillance combined with massed area fires of artillery and the Multiple Launch Rocket System have produced a new level of intensity in modern conventional combat. Data from the Ukraine conflict show that artillery is producing approximately 80 percent of all casualties. Four trends have emerged that are important for U.S. ground forces: – Russia employs a combination of dual-purpose improved conventional munitions, scatterable mines, top-attack munitions and thermobaric warheads that have catastrophic consequences when used in preplanned, massed fire strikes.