|This is for those of you who havew seemed to rule out 155mm artillery in favor of smaller and supposedly more effective munitions. 155mm howizters (M198 or M105) is still the forces most effective fire support. My unit was mobilized to support an Amored Cav unit in Iraq, then told to stand down in favor of another unit out of a different state. Why they were choosen, who knows. However, it was a M105 unit. I highly doubt that a foward element such as an Amored Cav unit would choose anything but the best for their support. I'm rather disappointed in everybodies haste to do away with heavy artillery. In Desert Storm these guns were highly effective in providing the perfect amount of support for all the foward elements. Lest us not forget that ground based fire support is still the most reliable and one of the most lethal forms of fire effects in the military arsenal. I would challenge anyone to argue this point with an intellegent reply. I also have something to say about the Army's decision to scrap the Crusader. While the higher-ups opted not to use the actual self-propelled version of the cannon, the gun itself is still very much in development for use on other lighter, more logistics friendly platform. I'm all for a lighter, faster Army. Therefore, the platform in development was not the best for the transformation. All that is needed is for the force to implement a lighter, more managable track for this cannon before we see its development into a total fire support package. The liquid prop, rapid fire rates, and automatic loading system were never scraped. I believe that there is no one niave enough to just put this system on the shelf for good. Give it a couple years, and you will see the Army fully integrate this fire system into its transformation. What infantry-man doesn't love knowing that he has a 155mm battalion to support him? Granted, this is not always the best solution, however, it does have its advantages. Remember, the role of heavy artillery has always been to supply close, accurate, and massive fire support against an enemy position, and nothing in the military can provide the same level of effects with the accuracy, evasivness, mass, and cost effectiveness as a good old SP howitzer. Again, anybody who thinks they know the system is welcome to try to reply intellegently.