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Loitering Munitions: Bridging Sensor to Shooter Voids in Artillery Fires by Precision

Ranjan Prabhu
Published 2020

Abstract

Artillery fires are aimed at crippling the enemy's war-waging machinery. Such operations are time-sensitive since they need to ensure that the enemy is engaged effectively and sufficiently degraded at critical points in time and space to achieve combat superiority. A robust, persistent, and seamless sensor to shooter link ensures the shortest loop between acquisition and targeting. Loitering Munitions if inducted into the Indian Artillery will be a gamechanger in this field and will fill the existing voids in surveillance-cumprecision engagement capability between 40-200 km. In view of this, the paper examines the capability voids to suggest a solution based on the employment of Loitering Munitions to fill such lacunae—both in lethal and non-lethal domains, taking into consideration the present and the future security paradigm in the region.

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