I meant the writer , not you IronmachineYea, typical ground pounder , no clue of armor warfare, Combined Arms? LOL Still clue
Yea, exactly. I saw those HMMW's equipped with and 8 FOGM launcher as something that should be attached to line Battalions or even down at Line companies, instead they went with Apache up at a Brigade level or higher. It was much like our "Air defense" back then , IMO every armor company should have had Stingers or at least Stringer teams assigned to them, but a I guess Brigade HQ's needed air-defense more than we did. I never saw the reaall high defense assets like a ROlAND vehicle. a R. Overall, all a line armor company would have is a FIST-V and maybe a Vulcan/M1113 . I could only imagine the recon abilities and fire support abilities an added FOGM vehicle would have added down at our level, beyond just taking out enemy vehicles/tanks/low flying aircraft.T he place where we're really missing out is SMALLER FOGM's for the infantry.
I meant the Germans in WWII, by the example of ENIGMA being compromise, but their Operation "Watch on the Rhine-The BotB" was a surprise because the orders were hand carried or sent by phone, not radio. And how all their RADAR system were degrade by various counter-measures and the scrambling of controls signals to Fritz(IIRC) missiles. And would have shorty happened to their Enzian , if they had ever got it workingWhat I was thinking back in 1989."
But then we won the Cold War , and I thought the world would be come a more peaceful place, but the knowledge of such FOGM's might prevent a new "big war" from ever happening . However now they go on not realize that the new drones , once they see the electromagnetic hell that will be played upon the EM spectrum. FOGM's will not only be wiping out tanks and helicopters but even individual infantry. Drones will have nothing on them. Our drones work now only because we fight peasants with no ECM capacity . Might work against terrorists or patriots , won't work against organized modern enemy combatants. China is building drone launching AFV's , but they will get wise and realize as the Germans did in WWI , the only way to securely control your forces/weapons without enemy eavesdropping or 'scrambling" is by wire , not radio.
The will happen to "drones" in the future. ECM/EMP "projectors" and other radio scramblers will knock them out the sky, Even "autonomous drones" will have their little electronic brains scrambled., and god knows how our EMSphere will be after a few nuclear weapons go off especially atmospheric detonations.
So i see a real future in "Fiber optic wire guided" weapons- can't scramble the light signals - that "fishing line" don't weigh much. wont work for low flying drones but for the FOGM concept , I just see it as a weapon control "end-around" to the future EM war that will happen when the next "real " war happens. Not a bad idea to go back to the old "wire teams" and lay out FO cables for commo/info commo either. GPS/radio and all that will go down quickly , better have some hard(FO) wire strung out between ground elements.