Acknowledged. I was just a bit surprised as it was well North of the numbers that have been used publicly. Even the SPH at your numbers looks to be about 40+. I had in my head that 30 would be acquired but understand what is acquired and what is really required are often poles apart. As to the HIMARs well anything is better than nothing.Hi Bob,
I don't do wish lists or fantasy fleets. This is my considered opinion (which evolves over time) as to what the ADFs artillery should look like.
That said, I do not believe these numbers will be acquired. I expect that the numbers will be more like 2 x batteries of SPH per regiment with additional SPH for training, and a single regiment of HIMARS will be acquired - 3 x 6 launchers.
As to the M777 & ASLAV - I would not expect these to be operated by Army Reserve units - the training burden would be too great and my understanding is that the ASLAV are essentially worn out.
The HIMARS seem a better bet for the ADF needs. Better road mobility and longer range but a lot more expensive to feed. I wonder if the numbers should be reversed.