Sunday, July 10, 2016

Are These the Droids We are Looking For?

The South Koreans are looking at automated fixed artillery emplacements and semi-automated mobile artillery that would be moved by crews but fought remotely once emplaced, reducing crew risks:

At the core of the concept is a new fully automatic projectile-and-charge loading system designed to be retrofitted aboard RoKA's in-service K9 Thunder 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled howitzer (SPH) or in remotely controlled fixed gun installations which likewise use the K9 ordnance system.

The DAPA concept sees numbers of such robotic turrets or automated SPHs - the latter with two-man crews that would most likely be on board during major position changes but off board during fire missions - networked to a manned fire direction centre vehicle (FDCV). The FDCV in turn would be networked to a counter-battery radar or other ground or airborne target acquisition means.

That's pretty interesting stuff from the South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration.

Although with the likelihood of North Korean commandos mucking up the area beyond the frontline during war, the South Koreans might want remote weapon stations--mobile or fixed--with machine guns and grenade launchers to help protect the automated artillery from ground attack.

And maybe other remotely controlled artillery could be used to fire cluster-bomb rounds to attack those commanders or varieties that create instant minefields to protect the guns.