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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian16 May 2024 12:35 p.m. PST

An Army plan to modernize its artillery could include howitzers fielded in Europe, automated cannons, and long-range mortars, Army Futures Command chief Gen. James Rainey suggested Thursday at a Senate hearing Thursday…

Defense One: link

Nine pound round16 May 2024 2:01 p.m. PST

The use of "wheeled" rather than "towed" does not suggest a high degree of familiarity with artillery practice and nomenclature on the part of the writer.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian16 May 2024 5:26 p.m. PST

I believe he means self-propelled, wheeled.

Nine pound round16 May 2024 6:45 p.m. PST

I stand humbly corrected. I guess my frame of reference is sufficiently outdated that I would only have thought of the old South African G-5. Now it's a category instead of an oddity; huh.

TimePortal16 May 2024 7:14 p.m. PST

Class of modern arty includes ammo type, carrier type and chassis type. So it can be confusing. A artillery type can be a howitzer mounted on a self propelled chassis with the chassis being tracked or wheeled.

Nine pound round17 May 2024 6:58 a.m. PST

At the risk of sounding like Grandpa Simpson as I tuck into my plate of crow, in my days as an artilleryman, "self-propelled" meant tracked, and the G-5 was a curious outlier. But I now realize it has been awhile since I was au courant with the latest in mobility types.

Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2024 8:32 a.m. PST

9LBR & Time Portal +1 ea.

Yes, I have not heard the term "wheeled" for towed FA, AFAIK … Thanks for clarifying that Bill …

Regardless, many Light units, e.g. 82d, 101, etc. have towed FA as in most cases they can be brought in by Helicopters, either slung loaded or internally. But usually, the FA is slug under the chopper … So it can be more quickly put into action.

Of course, there are both tracked and wheeled SPFA. The USA's are mostly tracked, save for e.g. HIMARS.

LostPict17 May 2024 9:50 a.m. PST


Here is a long list of these beasts. New to me too, but what would a squid know?

Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2024 7:00 p.m. PST

Yes, really long list worldwide going back to WWII. Some of the other nation's "wheeled" SPFA, look huge. I have seen a number of them in the news, etc.

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