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Future Directions In Fire Support Weapons
Author(s): Kenneth C. Evans
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Paper Abstract

Fire support weapons (Artillery) have been one of the most important elements of 20th Century warfare. It is the purpose of this paper to provide, in summary fashion, a definition of the fire support role, some of the targets which these systems must face, the current and prospective family of missiles which are/maybe assigned to this role and the areas of need where technology may enhance future system capability. In the context of the extended battlefield where the "central battle" may extend from the forward line of own troops (FLOT) to 50 KM or more beyond the FLOT, the importance of an effective indirect fire capability is greater than ever before. As the US continues to face an apparently insurmountable Soviet preponderance in every component of conventional combat power, it appears that advanced technology is the only conceivable force equalizer. To achieve the needed capability in the fire support area, we must realize the full potential from our acquisition, targeting and weapon systems. Integrated optics and millimeter and microwave integrated circuits offer potential to enhance fire support system capability in many areas. Several are pointed in this discussion.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 August 1982
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0317, Integrated Optics and Millimeter and Microwave Integrated Circuits, (2 August 1982); doi: 10.1117/12.933137
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Kenneth C. Evans, U.S. Army Missile Laboratory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0317:
Integrated Optics and Millimeter and Microwave Integrated Circuits
Bob D. Guenther; William Pittman, Editor(s)

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