|I don't mean akin to MLRS, or tactical rockets such as FROG, I am refering to the old 1800's type battlefield rockets whereby small rockets were fired off rails as short range artillery in similar roles to mortars and small field guns.
I know more recently we have had recoiless rifles, like the wombat, and shoulder fired weapons like RPG's, but would not field rockets add greatly to a battalions firepower, in a smiliar way that GPMG's in the SF role and mortars do?
I know systems such as Hydra rockets have been tested on tripod type mounts, but why have they never been adopted?
If mortars provide indirect HE onto the target, and SF GPMG's suppress the target, I would think field rockets would be good as a direct fire bunker buster, and be good for providing counter-battery fire onto enemy SF GPMG's etc.
In the Falklands, this role was undertaken by Milan platoon, however surely Milan type weapons should be saved for enemy armour, with a large caliber field rocket more suited to dealing with entrenched enemy.
I also know of the cheap version of Spike, as a non-expensive way to deal with cars etc, but the munitions are still expensive, while being guided isn't really needed for a dug in enemy.
I was thinking more of a GPMG tripod, with the gun cradle replaced by a large tube, perhaps slightly larger than TOW size, shooting rockets with a similar unit price to a mortar bomb.