Howitzers have a long and storied history of reliably providing indirect fire on battlefields around the world. These massive guns fire 105-millimeter shells at enemy targets at more than seven miles away, or rocket-propelled shells at targets further than 12 miles. Although howitzers are traditionally employed far away from the fighting, hence the massive distances its shells can cover, there has remained one significant threat to American artillery teams manning their howitzers: enemy artillery firing back.
Despite the relative mobility of American artillery, it seems unlikely that American howitzers will be able to match up with the likes of new Russian equipment like the Koalitsiya-SV; a self-propelled howitzer with an effective range of a whopping 43 miles, firing a much larger 152-millimeter shell. While America has its own tracked, self-propelled howitzers (which boast ranges of just about half of Russia’s new toy), even those platforms are aging, and are widely considered to be a bit slow and difficult to maneuver.
This apparent gap in capabilities has left some within the U.S. looking for ways to increase the effective range of our howitzers, but defense contractor Mandus Group has a different idea: make them faster, lighter, and easier to quickly maneuver.