Area Fire Weapons in a Precision Environment: Field Artillery in the MOUT Fight
Contemporary issues paper
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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Advances in rocket technology have far surpassed cannon technological advances in the last twenty years. Rockets are more lethal, accurate and offer increased ranges with decreased crew sizes and logistical requirements. On the modern battlefield weapon systems must become increasingly lethal while decreasing manning and logistical requirements or they become obsolete. In the urban environment military force must minimize collateral damage and deliver sufficient fire power to neutralize targets. Rocket munitions fulfill this requirement better than cannon munitions do. Cannon artillery cannot keep pace with the accuracy and lethality offered by current and future generations of rocket munitions. Given the accelerating advances in rocket guidance technology and the extended range capability of rockets over cannons, the current rocket and missile systems provide a decided advantage over conventional cannon delivered munitions in the urban environment.