Enhancing artillery system combat effectiveness
The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) contracted Systematic to deliver a new fire support capability for the Danish Army’s latest artillery systems.
The new function builds on the Fire Support Module developed for Systematic’s SitaWare Headquarters solution and will significantly shorten the sensor-to-shooter engagement cycle, among other benefits, according to the company. “The threat posed by counter-battery fire on the modern battlefield necessitates the ability for artillery systems to ‘shoot-and-scoot’ while maintaining accurate targeting,” Hans Jørgen Bohlbro, Systematic’s Vice President, Defence Product Management, explained. “One of the benefits of the new function is the ability for artillery systems to quickly conduct fire missions and redeploy before they can be engaged by enemy fires.”
The new capability enables fire mission data – first generated by a forward observer and passed to the gun crew via a joint fires cell or similar element – to be digitally transferred into an artillery fire-control system (FCS), where the ballistic calculations are made. Although the process will do away with a man-in-the-loop for entering the fire support data into the FCS, there will always be operator verification before the mission is carried out. The Danish Army is rolling out the SitaWare suite of software across all levels of the battlefield, in the artillery fire support scenario the forward observer and gun crews will be equipped with SitaWare Frontline, while the fires coordination component utilises SitaWare Headquarters.
Under the contract, Systematic is scheduled to deliver a fieldable solution in the 2020 timeframe, with integration and firing trials taking place in 2019. Ultimately, the new capability will be deployed on the Danish Army’s new CAESAR self propelled howitzers and CARDOM 10 mortars, which will be integrated on PIRANHA V armoured vehicles.