An Analysis of Artillery Shoot-and-Scoot Tactics
Atkinson, Michael P.
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Firing multiple artillery rounds from the same location has two main benefits: a high rate of re at the enemy and improved accuracy as the shooter's aim adjusts to previous rounds. However, ring repeatedly from the same location carries significant risk that the enemy will detect the artillery's location. Therefore, the shooter may periodically move locations to avoid counter-battery re. This maneuver is known as the shoot-and-scoot tactic. This paper analyzes the shoot-and-scoot tactic for a time- critical mission using Markov models. We compute optimal move policies and develop heuristics for more complex and realistic settings. Spending a reasonable amount of time ring multiple shots from the same location is often preferable to moving immediately after ring an initial salvo. Moving frequently reduces risk to the artillery, but also limits the artillery's ability to inflict damage on the enemy.
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