Combat Employment (Combat Actions) of Aerospace Forces and Artillery Formations: Aspects of Content and Research

Author: V.P. VIDUTO, V.G. KIRILLOV, A.S. STEPANOV, V.Ya. CHERNIGEL

Col. V.P. VIDUTO (Ret.), Doctor of Military Sciences

Col. V.G. KIRILLOV (Ret.), Candidate of Military Sciences

Col. A.S. STEPANOV (Ret.), Candidate of Military Sciences

Maj. Gen. V.Ya. CHERNIGEL (Ret.), Candidate of Military Sciences

Abstract. The paper covers the main factors that affect the organization of combat actions by Aerospace Forces and artillery formations, justifies the need to specify the interpretation (adaptation) of the content of methods of combat employment (combat actions) in relation to modern fighting formats, and describes approaches to research (assessment and substantiation) of the action techniques by the forces and assets of the Aerospace Forces and artillery that match the trends in armed confrontation.

Keywords: methods of combat actions, method of combat employment, methods of fulfilling the task of hitting a target (facility), techniques of fire impact, maneuvering techniques.

A major priority in the military development of the world's leading powers is anticipatory development of means of destruction, above all high-precision weapons systems, and also advanced information technologies that ensure efficient use of the latter. In armed confrontation, the influence of similar factors invariably affects the combat formations of troops and manifests itself in new techniques of combat mission accomplishment by forces and assets.

The recent military history suggests that in operations by combined troop/force groupings the typical features are absence of protracted positional confrontation (the only exception is low-intensity armed conflicts) and unbroken lines of combat contact of the sides, highly maneuverable actions in isolated sec-

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tors in broad responsibility zones with open flanks and gaps in army combat formations. One more distinctive feature is increasingly active fire accompanied by frequent (nonstop) maneuvers of forces and weapons of ground groupings that deliver preemptive strikes, especially at the stage of noncontact combat actions. All of those factors determine the search by military experts for theoretical methodological propositions aimed at realizing more fully the combat potential of Aerospace ...

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