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Re: C3 Howitzer Replacement
« Reply #200 on: January 18, 2019, 11:34:27 »
Near-peer for us means Croatia, Luxembourg, Ireland, Kenya

And don't even attempt to compare us with organizations like Brazil's Army, which outnumbers ours by about 20 to 1: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazilian_Army
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Re: C3 Howitzer Replacement
« Reply #201 on: January 18, 2019, 12:08:14 »
And don't even attempt to compare us with organizations like Brazil's Army, which outnumbers ours by about 20 to 1: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazilian_Army

Outguns us too.

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Re: C3 Howitzer Replacement
« Reply #202 on: January 18, 2019, 15:12:54 »
Canada has a "raider" attitude.

Discuss.

Stand Fast. Stand Firm. Die Hard.  Regimental mottos and exhortations encouraging soldiers to hold to the last man.  Much like the French Foreign Legions Camerone stand.

The FFL is remarkable because it was a bunch of foreigners operating on foreign soil for a paycheque that held to their contract.  That and personal honour.

The other instances reflect groups of soldiers that not only held for honour but because they felt they had to defend their own people and their own turf.  Their options were fewer and limited.

Canada's army, by contrast, beyond the war of 1812, the Fenian Raids and the Riel Rebellions, has always had more in common with the French Foreign Legion than the Devons or the Middlesex.

It only exists because the Brits left and Gladstone told Sir John A. to get on with it.  The Brits weren't paying any more.

In 1885 the Mounties needed a few more hands and the Government summoned up a bunch of volunteers.
In 1900 a Brit businessman hired a bunch of cowboys to head off to South Africa and the Government organized a couple more groups of short timers to keep them out of political troubles
In 1914 another businessman hired a bunch of British ex-pats while the Government created an army out of similar "Canadians" for the duration.
In 1939 despite hoping that teaching people to fly and building Mosquitoes would be enough of a contribution the Government was cajoled into organizing an Army
In 1949 in order to maintain diplomatic recognition the Government hired another group of temporary special service men to fight the good fight in Korea.

Similar short term engagements in limited numbers have defined the actions of the Canadian Army to the present day - routinely with the Government relying on "volunteers" rather than regs and staying well away from anything that might suggest that the Government actually wants to commit Canadians to a fight.  They will only commit so long as the supply of volunteers continues.  No volunteers.  No fight.

The regs of today are a force in being of "volunteers".  They are few in number.  The Government would prefer that they not be seen in case a groundswell of new volunteers occurs creating pressure on the Government to use them and to finance them.

Consequently the forces are geared, and accustomed to, a life of short, sharp strikes out of sight of the public.

The definition of a raider force - more in common with Vikings and Sioux.
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Re: C3 Howitzer Replacement
« Reply #203 on: January 18, 2019, 15:25:44 »
And meanwhile

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Canadian Army gunners train Latvians on newly acquired M109A50 self-propelled howitzers

https://www.facebook.com/notes/canadian-army/canadian-army-gunners-train-latvians-on-newly-acquired-m109a50-self-propelled-ho/2007902305968404/

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Re: C3 Howitzer Replacement
« Reply #204 on: January 18, 2019, 18:26:22 »
Canada has a "raider" 'conflict tourism' attitude, at the political level.


FTFY :)
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Re: C3 Howitzer Replacement
« Reply #205 on: January 18, 2019, 20:25:29 »
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Re: C3 Howitzer Replacement
« Reply #206 on: March 07, 2019, 11:45:18 »
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Marine Corps Systems Command recently released a request for information on innovative ideas for equipping LAR battalions with a mounted indirect-fires capability, beginning in fiscal 2022, that could hit targets at ranges out to 100 kilometers, said Jeff Nebel, fire support coordination team lead for Program Manager Fires.

"We have identified a gap in the ability for LAR to provide indirect fire that extends further than their current capability," he said. "What we are looking to do is provide them with an organic indirect-fire capability that can reach out to extended ranges."

The new capability would supplement the current 81mm mortars LAR companies use to support platoons operating forward, Nebel said.

"This would give them the ability to provide support to the platoon at ranges significantly greater than ... what they can currently do with the 81mm mortars," he said.

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/03/06/marines-want-equip-armored-recon-units-long-range-fires.html

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Re: C3 Howitzer Replacement
« Reply #208 on: March 09, 2019, 12:26:54 »
WTF?? Ours are gate guards and tire rims.

Latvia got to create its artillery support overnight based on its internal national defence requirements and nothing else. We haven't had that option for a while...

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Re: C3 Howitzer Replacement
« Reply #209 on: March 09, 2019, 12:51:02 »
https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/03/06/marines-want-equip-armored-recon-units-long-range-fires.html

Let Cap Badge Battle Commence!   ;D

This is a coincidence, right?

'Jeff Nebel, fire support coordination team lead for Program Manager Fires.'

Nebel... as in 'Nebelwerfer' (Smoke Thrower, in German). :)
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Re: C3 Howitzer Replacement
« Reply #210 on: March 09, 2019, 14:12:01 »
This is a coincidence, right?

'Jeff Nebel, fire support coordination team lead for Program Manager Fires.'

Nebel... as in 'Nebelwerfer' (Smoke Thrower, in German). :)

More accurately--after all I am/was a lawyer--"Nebel" is fog; "Rauch" is smoke--so "Fog thrower".

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Re: C3 Howitzer Replacement
« Reply #211 on: March 09, 2019, 14:54:36 »
More accurately--after all I am/was a lawyer--"Nebel" is fog; "Rauch" is smoke--so "Fog thrower".

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Sooo..... He's a lawyer too?   ;D
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Re: C3 Howitzer Replacement
« Reply #212 on: March 09, 2019, 15:09:52 »
Sooo..... He's a lawyer too?   ;D

I don't think Moaning Minnie translates into German. Canadian francophone battalions called them La Vache, as the sound of the incoming rounds resembled the sound a distressed cow in need of milking made. 

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Re: C3 Howitzer Replacement
« Reply #213 on: March 10, 2019, 20:45:59 »
USMC wanting LAV mounted weapons capable of reaching 100 km, and the US Army is looking for some sort of cannon capable of firing a round 1000 miles, while we are still trying to figure out how to replace a 1950 era howitzer...
Dagny, this is not a battle over material goods. It's a moral crisis, the greatest the world has ever faced and the last. Our age is the climax of centuries of evil. We must put an end to it, once and for all, or perish - we, the men of the mind. It was our own guilt. We produced the wealth of the world - but we let our enemies write its moral code.

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Re: C3 Howitzer Replacement
« Reply #214 on: March 11, 2019, 13:02:45 »
USMC wanting LAV mounted weapons capable of reaching 100 km, and the US Army is looking for some sort of cannon capable of firing a round 1000 miles, while we are still trying to figure out how to replace a 1950 era howitzer...

Some combined thoughts


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U.S. Army tests truck-mounted, low-recoil 155mm howitzer called Brutus
weapons defence industry military technology UK
POSTED ON MONDAY, 12 NOVEMBER 2018 15:12
https://www.armyrecognition.com/weapons_defence_industry_military_technology_uk/u.s._army_tests_truck-mounted_low-recoil_155mm_howitzer_called_brutus.html



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VULCANO 155MM (80 km)

“VULCANO” is a family of  unguided (BER) and guided (GLR) ammunition  for the 76mm, 127mm naval guns and 155mm land artillery systems.

The VULCANO 155mm ammunition gives the 155/52 caliber and 155/39 caliber Howitzers the capability to extend their operative range and precision beyond the actual limits, minimizing engagement costs and collateral damages.

VULCANO 155mm projectile is a sub-caliber, fin stabilized airframe, compatible with the use of standard modular charges, with no need of additional propulsion; it is loaded with Insensitive Explosive and Patented tungsten rings; the mechanical interfaces are the same as in standard 155mm ammunition.

VULCANO 155mm available rounds are:

Ballistic Extended Range (BER) unguided multi-role ammunition with multi function (Altimetric, Impact, Delayed Impact, Time, Self-Destruction) programmable fuze;
Guided Long Range (GLR) with canard control actuated by IMU + GPS guidance system for navigation (gliding trajectory )and possibility of terminal guidance (pull down) with optional Semi-Active-Laser (SAL).
A Mission Planning Module allows exchanging data with the Fire Direction Centre for the management of the Firing Mission.
https://www.leonardocompany.com/documents/63265270/66960114/body_VULCANO_155MM_2013_1.pdf






Do I recall seeing a flatbed version of the LAV somewhere, sometime?
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Re: C3 Howitzer Replacement
« Reply #216 on: March 12, 2019, 20:24:38 »
There may be a slight delay until they like us again.

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Re: C3 Howitzer Replacement
« Reply #217 on: March 13, 2019, 20:05:49 »
At least then we would have a semi-legitimate excuse not to buy a replacement.

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Re: C3 Howitzer Replacement
« Reply #218 on: March 14, 2019, 19:34:58 »
"Vulcano" sounds suspiciously like the Peenemunde Arrow Shell of WWII fame, which allowed the 28cm Krupp K-5 railway cannon to fire at targets 100 km away. The US Army and Navy are also looking at shells using the same form factor as the ones used in the electromagnetic rail gun. The advantage there is a full calibre shell which has a range of over 70km, or which can be used as an anti aircraft or anti missile round due to the flat trajectory and Mach 3+ velocity of the shell.

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Peenemünde Arrow Shells

The Peenemünde Arrow Shells were conceived and developed at the Aerodynamic Research Laboratories at Peenemünde from 1942 to 1945. The arrow shells were dart-like projectiles designed to be fired from special smooth-bore versions of standard German Army artillery pieces. The project was initially envisioned and designed as ultra-long-range shells using a 310mm smooth-bored version of the famed 280mm K5 railway gun (Anzio Annie). The arrow shell was 1.91m long and 120mm in caliber, with four fins at the tail 310mm across and a 310mm sabot or discarding ring around the middle of the shell (center of gravity). The ring was naturally discarded and would fell away outside the gun muzzle when fired, while the accelerating shell would reach a velocity of 1524m/sec and obtain a maximum range of 150km. Two guns were produced, and one of them fired in anger at the US 3rd Army located 125km away from the gun.

There was an anti-aircraft version of the Peenemünde Arrow Shells. The projectile was designed for the 105mm FLAK 39 AA gun, with the goal to reach extremely high velocity so as to shorten flying time and eliminate the need to calculate aiming errors. The AA gunners would be able to aim, fire, and hit without having to worry about the speed of the aircraft and its altitude. During tests and experiments the shells obtained a muzzle velocity of 1067m/sec, which was considered excellent. Nevertheless, development had to be canceled since mass-production for combat use was impossible with the available production and industrial capacity of Germany.

Of course to really take advantage of these capabilities would take an entirely new system, including a magazine feed (like the FH70 Archer), and a self propelled mounting with the ability to traverse and elevate the cannon at the sorts of speeds you get with a tank turret. A large on board ammunition stowage system would be nice as well. Since everyone will be shooting back at you the moment you unmask, a fully protected vehicle is really what is needed.

I've just described a modified Merkava chassis....

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Re: C3 Howitzer Replacement
« Reply #220 on: April 15, 2019, 18:35:12 »
Some of the Israel systems

https://www.armyrecognition.com/april_2019_global_defense_security_army_news_industry/elbit_systems_contracted_for_stylet_guided_mortar_by_undisclosed_asian_country.html

New SPG for Israel http://ir.elbitsystems.com/node/16041/pdf

Can you imagine if GDLS in London announced that it was selling LAV's to an "undisclosed Asian country."  Heads would explode.

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Re: C3 Howitzer Replacement
« Reply #221 on: April 15, 2019, 22:31:18 »
This might be worth it just for the saving in back claims alone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9SQhKFhUfM