CLASSIFICATION OF CURRENT
FIELD ARTILLERY WEAPONS
Section I. GENERAL
3-1.General. Current field artillery weapons include both
cannon-type weapons and guided missiles. Each type of weapon is designed for a particular use and therefore has a different range and trajectory (path of flight).
3-2. Cannon-Type Weapons. Cannon-type weapons
are classified as guns or howitzers. Some artillery
weapons have both gun and howitzer characteristics.
a. Gun.As a type of artillery, a gun is a cannon with
a long barrel which fires limited types of projectiles at a
low angle of fire and at a high muzzle velocity.
b. Howitzer. A howitzer is a cannon with a medium
length barrel which fires various types of projectiles ata
high angle of fire and at a medium muzzle velocity.
3-3. Rockets and Guided Missiles.
A rocket is a free-flight missile. Although the rocket is classified asa field artillery weapon, it is currently not in military use.
b. Guided Missile. A guided missile is a rocket type device with a trajectory that can be altered in flight by a mechanism within the missile. It is held, aimed, and fired by a rail- or platform-type missile launcher.
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