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When fighting a peer or near-peer adversary, there is always an imminent threat of counter fire in response to your mortars or artillery engagement. Radars and drones in all variants have proven to be effective assets in providing target information.

To defend the counter-fire threat, the Danish Army will have to change the way we deploy our heavy systems:

  • Keep the crew protected during engagement;
  • Hiding from drones and other reconnaissance assets in any possible way when not executing a fire mission.
  • Expose the system as short as possible during firing.
  • Keep the unit’s systems physically separated during the fire mission to make them a less attractive target.
  • Leave the firing position immediately after firing the last round.

This is old news, but has become more relevant than ever since 2014, when a number of case studies from Ukraine showed what happens when you keep your heavy mortars or artillery in a static position for a longer period.

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