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The British Army Must Extend the Range of its Precision Strike Capability

Main Image Credit British Army MLRS firing during Exercise Dynamic Front 18. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Dustin D. Biven / 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. Creative Commons Licence

Whilst an effective capability in Afghanistan, the EXACTOR missile is not able to meet the British Army’s emerging precision guided munitions requirements in an Eastern European context.

The 2015 National Security Strategy signalled a shift in the British Army’s planning focus from counter-insurgency (COIN), low-intensity operations to peer-on-peer conflict. While force design and doctrine are changing to reflect this, it has highlighted that certain capabilities, purchased during the Iraq and Afghanistan eras, might need to be employed differently if they are to retain utility in a divisional warfighting context. The EXACTOR missile, acquired in 2007, is one

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