The Artillery Raid and the Multiple Launch Rocket System - Surprise, Firepower and Mobility
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This study examines the U.S. Army Mechanized or Armored Divisions capability to conduct a Field Artillery Raid on the AirLand Battlefield. It first reviews the historical antecedents of the F.A. raid. From there the study examines the weapon systems currently available to the Division Cdr. for conduct of an artillery raid and the targets that are primary candidates for attack by such an operation. Next, the monograph analyzes and evaluates the applicability of this body of information to the battlefield of the future. A major conclusion is that the F.A. Raid is a viable tactic to be used on the battlefield of the future if the raider is equipped with the MLRS. It provides the Division Cdr. with a tactical tool that permits the attack of deep targets previously out of range of artillery systems behind the Forward Line of Own Troops. The study also notes that attack on these targets should be conducted in concert with other tactical operations to attain surprise and maximize the the effects of the weapon systems. Additionally the attack on multiple targets with all available artillery systems will be the most productive means of implementing the FA raid. Finally the monograph develops a scenario that depicts a Field Artillery Raid on the AirLand Battlefield. Keywords Artillery rockets Multilaunching.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics