The US Army appears to be charting a new course for its artillery forces, with a growing emphasis on mobility and automation.

General James Rainey, head of Army Futures Command, made waves at an Association of the US Army (AUSA) symposium last Wednesday, March 27, suggesting that towed artillery systems have reached their peak effectiveness.

This statement signals a potential paradigm shift, prioritizing faster-deploying and potentially crewless options.

The Drawbacks of Towed Artillery

Traditionally, the US Army has relied on a mix of towed and self-propelled artillery. Towed systems, like the M119A3 howitzer, offer advantages in terms of cost and transportability.