Definitions for field artillery
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word field artillery
field artillery, field gun(noun)
movable artillery (other than antiaircraft) used by armies in the field (especially for direct support of front-line troops)
The part of an army's artillery which consists of (light) fieldpieces (canons, howitzers) which are mobile enough to deploy on the (battle) field, as opposed to the fixed guns in fortifications or naval artillery; usually excludes antiaircraft.
Field artillery is a category of mobile artillery used to support armies in the field. These weapons are specialized for mobility, tactical proficiency, long range, short range and extremely long range target engagement. Until the early 20th century, field artillery were also known as foot artillery, for while the guns were pulled by beasts of burden, the gun crews would usually march on foot, thus providing fire support mainly to the infantry. This was in contrast to horse artillery, whose emphasis on speed while supporting cavalry units necessitated lighter guns and crews riding on horseback. Whereas horse artillery has been superseded by self-propelled artillery, field artillery has survived to this day both in name and mission, albeit with motor vehicles towing the guns, carrying the crews and transporting the ammunition. Modern artillery has also advanced to rapidly deployable wheeled and tracked vehicles and precision delivered munitions capable of striking targets at ranges between 15 and 300 kilometers. There exists to date no other singularly effective all-weather fire delivery system which rivals the modern field artillery.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
Equipment, supplies, ammunition, and personnel involved in the use of cannon, rocket, or surface-to-surface missile launchers. Field artillery cannons are classified according to caliber as follows.
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The addition of this battalion is part of an Army-wide reorganization that will raise the number of MLRS (multiple-launch rocket system) battalions in all field artillery brigades from two to three.
Images & Illustrations of field artillery
Translations for field artillery
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
Get even more translations for field artillery »
Find a translation for the field artillery definition in other languages:
Select another language:
Discuss these field artillery definitions with the community:
Word of the Day
Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?
Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:
"field artillery." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2016. Web. 10 Feb. 2016. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/field artillery>.