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BALLISTIC CONCEPTS RELATING TO THE EMPLOYMENT OF ARTILLERY FIRE

17.              Basic Indirect Fire

a.     Where two sets of co-ordinates...

b.     The coordinates of the launcher position are...

c.     Once the coordinates of the target...

d.     After initial orientation the Dial Sight on the Launcher...

e.     Consider an ordnance with a range of 30 km and...

f.     Implications.  The placing of the launchers relative to...  See Fig 1 for...

i.                 Where the launchers are deployed close to the forward line own troops (FLOT), Fire can...

ii.              Where the launchers are deployed further to the rear of the FLOT...

18.              Predicted Fire

a.     Due to the complexity of the influences of various factors and conditions...

b.     Definition. The Prediction process (or prediction) is that prescribed process...

19.              Requirements for Predicted Fire.  For effective predicted fire the following requirements must be met...

a.     Calibrated Ordnance.   The muzzle velocity...

b.     MET Data.  Accurate valid upper air MET data...

c.     Blunt end Survey.   The launcher position must...

d.     Target Acquisition. Target coordinates must...

i.                 By survey....

ii.              By accurate...

iii.          By accurate...

iv.              From a reliable...

20.              Accuracy of Predicted Fire

a.     Despite the fact that...

b.     The following factors affect...

i.                 The accuracy with...(Sight Tests).

ii.              The accuracy with...(Ballistic Computation).

iii.          The accuracy with...(Lay).

iv.              The care with...(Ammo Handling).

21.              The Dispersion (Zone) of Fire

a.     Despite the fact that all requirements for...

b.     In any engagement the projectiles will...

c.     Minor variations from...

i.                 Smaller variations between...

ii.              Lack of consistent...

iii.          Smaller atmospheric...

iv.              Individual variations...

v.                 Variations in chamber capability...

d.     The dimensions of the zone (length and breath) are dependent upon...  applicable Range Tables... dispersion (Zone). ..

22.              The Mean Point of Impact

a.     Where a number of projectiles have... Mean Point of Impact (MPI)...

b.     "On Target".  In artillery terms, artillery fire is regarded as being "on target" where...

c.     The implications of the Zone dispersion...

i.                 Where a number of individual targets...

ii.              Within a target area...

iii.          Although the approach followed...  For this reason OPOs are deployed...

23.              Accuracy and Consistency

a.     Artillery fire is considered accurate when...

b.     In contrast fire is considered consistent where...

c.     Fig 2 indicates that...

d.     Consistency of the various ordnance types...

e.     The characteristics of a specific ordnance type... This implies that

i.                 Different points of aim may ...

ii.              More than one target may...

24.              Predicted Fire in the SAA

a.     It  is  a convention  in  the  SAA  that  prediction...

b.     At times all the requirements for...

c.     Even though it is convention...

 

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Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET

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