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Lethal abilities of Russia's weaponry at work, - The National Interest

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Russia already has combat experience with the guided weapons
18:18, 16 March 2018

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The Defense Ministry of Russia recently published the video with the howitzers firing precision-guided shells as The National Interest reported.

As the title reported, the video illustrates the dug-in, tracked howitzers striking several targets with the aid of forward observers on the ground and unmanned aerial vehicles with laser designators in the sky. The specific rounds in this case are 152-millimeter 2K25 Krasnopol rounds with seekers that guide themselves toward a designated target with maneuverable fins.

It was stated that Russia already has combat experience with these guided weapons. In January, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed to have struck a Syrian rebel faction with guided Krasnopols after the militants attacked the Khmeimim air base with drones. The Krasnopol has a 12-mile range, but Russian troops or aircraft would have had to come much closer to designate a precision strike.

The National Interest emphasized that the most of Russia’s artillery is unguided, which owes in part to the particular geography of Eastern Europe, where the bulk of the Russian army is concentrated. The terrain is relatively flat, making it difficult for forward observers to find elevated positions to snoop on the enemy. The solution is simple enough — use lots of massed, unguided artillery to destroy the enemy through cold probabilistic logic.

'There are occasions that call for the use of surgical, precision fires, but massed artillery fires carry a mathematical probability of kill with which it is easier to predict tactical success', as  Lester Grau and Charles Bartles wrote in their 2017 book The Russian Way of War: Force Structure, Tactics, and the Modernization of the Russian Ground Forces.

Mechanical fuses also cannot be jammed — a concern in a potential future war characterized by severe levels of electromagnetic interference. 'However, the availability of a UAV may significantly diminish artillery ammunition expenditure', Grau and Bartles added. “UAVs can identity targets, adjust artillery fire and perform post-strike damage assessments.”

The title concluded that the artillery-spotting drones and guided shells are not the only growing developments in the Russian army. A proliferation of communications and fire-control technology down to the battery level has allowed artillery units to conduct 'split-battery operations'— a military term meaning a battery engaging more than one target simultaneously.

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