Army taking a path to use orbiting space sensors to improve artillery fire control on the battlefield

July 23, 2020
Long-Range Precision Fires plays a critical role on the future battlefield and will anchor the service’s future Multi-Domain Operations doctrine.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army is on a path to use space sensors to help its artillery see and shoot well beyond current capability. C4ISRnet reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

23 July 2020 -- The service already has wrapped up an effort to enhance artillery fire control with space sensors, which took place in Europe in February and March. The Army will continue to tap into orbiting satellites to help guns on the ground hit long-range targets.

Conducted through an Army Futures Command team in charge of assured position, navigation and timing (A-PNT), the service was able to link space sensors with shooters in live-fire demonstrations in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

The team sensed and hit targets at ranges beyond line of sight using satellite capabilities that have not been accessible to ground forces until now. The exercise showed the Army’s ability to engage and defeat time-sensitive targets with timely and accurate fires anywhere on the battlefield.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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