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That's not quite correct.That's where I think an NLOS Missile or Loitering Munition launcher would be a potential replacement for a long range gun. The advantage of something like a loitering munition is that it is launched to the location where the enemy fire originated THEN be able to identify and attack a target.
Artillery will hit the area where the enemy rounds were fired from whether the target is still there or not. Many rounds might be wasted hitting empty patches of dirt. A smart NLOS missile or Loitering Munition will go to where the enemy rounds were fired from THEN look for a target. If the enemy Arty has "scooted" then they can hunt them down and still take them out...but an artillery round will just bounce dirt where they used to be.
Arty now has several choices including precision rounds fired at grid references controlled by GPS which seek the grid reference and not the target if moved. It also fires guided projectiles that will home in on a target illuminated from the ground or air, and will follow it if moving. Over and above that it offers area neutralization, smoke and illumination. Even dumb rounds or GPS rounds fired on sensor data like counter mortar radars will usually get there before the targeted guns can move. (Unless we have really horrible ROE again)
The systems are complimentary, not mutually exclusive. That said, I'm a great fan of NLOS and loitering munitions. We need that capability because - complimentary.