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.

But here’s the skinny: towed artillery, while easy on the pocket and a breeze to ship out, comes with a hitch.

You’re sitting ducks every time you set up or pack these behemoths.

This “displacement time,” as the brass calls it, is a killer in the high-stakes poker game of modern warfare, especially if you’re staring down the barrel at a near-peer heavyweight.

Speed and ghost-like agility are king, leaving the slow and the ponderous eating dust.