As the United States military remains wedded to 155mm artillery, Russiaâ€™s military is employing heavier fires that, when combined with additional fire support systems, will be able to not only outrange American and NATO guns, but decimate formations.
In a column for the Association of the U.S. Army, Col. Liam Collins and Capt. Harrison â€œBrandonâ€ Morgan note that the Russian army is reactivating â€œits heavy artillery forces, beginning with its 2S7 Pion, mounting an impressive 203 mm round with a maximum range of 37.5 kmâ€ (about 23 miles).
In addition, the Russians are currently in the process of reactivating the 2S4 Tyulpan heavy mortar, which fires a massive 240mm round â€” double the U.S. militaryâ€™s heaviest 120mm mortar round â€” at a range of 9,650 meters, or nearly six miles.
The United Statesâ€™ 155mm artillery pieces have a range of about 22 kilometers (13 miles), meanwhile, and are smaller than the Russian 2S7 Pionâ€™s 203 mm rounds.
Why does this matter? Not only would the Russians have more range and firepower against U.S. and NATO forces, these systems â€” combined with multiple rocket launch platforms â€” would also give Moscowâ€™s forces a huge psychological advantage once the shells began raining down on American and NATO formations.
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