marcellogo Sun May 21, 2023 11:11 pm
Now the BIG problem is that the shoot and scoot tactic was actually found to be a magnet for the attention of UAV and that the SP are insead much more difficult to hide than towed gun in woods or even urban ambient.
So no easy way out.
Actually the EAST came to the wheeled SP artillery BEFORE of West with the Dana, after it came the South African G-6.
Wheeled "portees" became a thing in the West after the end of Cold War , so Russia was totally incapacitated at the moment..
And firing an high power gun from a wheeled platform is NOT an easy task at all, like someone there seem me to imply, trust the ones who made Centauro for it...
All the Russian towed artillery has to be manhandled and that takes quite a bit of time to deploy and redeploy. A truck mounted gun only needs to lower it's support legs on fairly solid ground to fire - much quicker in and out of the fire position than any towed gun. I really can't see why an SP gun would be harder to conceal than a towed gun - which normally includes a tow truck?
I completely forgot that the Soviets did produce a wheeled SP gun in the 80's - but it was designed for coastal defense.The A-222E Bereg 130mm (AK-130) coastal mobile artillery system. So they were not entirely unfamiliar with such a system
The Dana and the G-6 was developed more or less at the same time. Both were rather unique and proved to be very versatile. The G-6 is a huge vehicle but it was quite nimble and could change positions in less than two minutes. The three guns that were deployed to Angola made very good use of this advantage.
The South African Rooikat armoured car started development a couple of years before the Italian B1 Centauro. The original Rooikat was armed with a copy of the Italian 76mm gun, but it was planned to produce a 105mm version. Only a single prototype was built.
for the ingenious South Africans: other great masters in developing wheeled armored vehicles but they began the development before and deployed it after us i.e. it means that even nations with a great expertise in this fields struggle in such a field, let's figure the others.
You are right , the great push toward putting EVERY artillery piece on a SP platform was to use the "shoot and scoot" tactics to counteract the action of counter-battery radars.
Now, the experience of the current conflict seems to suggest that given the dissemination of UAVs and Loitering munitions the supposed solution in not so clear cut and above all it cannot be the same at all levels and against all the possible countermeasures.
In any case i'm not saying in any way that the solution wound be to come back sic et simpliciter
to towed artillery, quite the contrary.
Just than in some cases, to entrench themselves and put some maskings on could be better than move it anyway (and for this the towed variant has a clear advantage)-
Look however that most of actual wheeled SP mount beginning with Caesar itself need the same to be manually loaded as they were towed pieces.