Meterological Measuring Set-Profiler

Meteorological equipment

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Sgt. Courtney Hall, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division sets up a piece of the Meteorological Measuring Set-Profiler at Wright Army Airfield, Aug. 8. The equipment provides situational awareness as to weather effects in the area, a vital part of firing guns. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jared S. Eastman, 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division.

Yesterday I posted a bit on the evolution and use of gunner’s quadrants over on my (Craig’s) blog.  Didn’t see this photo until earlier today, and it would have fed into the discussion nicely.

Back in the early days of artillery, gunners had firing tables citing range by elevation.  These were often based on principles of physics known at the time.  None took into account air density and atmospheric effects.  Over the centuries the art of gunnery became more so a science.  Today’s artillery systems depend on accurate local weather data in order to provide highly accurate fire support that those ancient gunners could not imagine possible.

The price of that accuracy is complexity.  But if you need Meteorological Measuring Set-Profilers to provide danger-close (and closer) fires in order to protect my position, then by all means I’ll accept the complexity any day.

“Glory’s Guns!”

6 thoughts on “Meterological Measuring Set-Profiler”

  1. “Glory’s Guns!” Indeed. A great FA Battalion, with a distinguished record in OIF V and X.

  2. I was gonna link to an excellent series on naval gunnery, which was pretty much the pinnacle of analog computing, but I can’t find the damn thing. Talk about complexity, shooting from a moving platform trying to hit another moving platform at ranges of up to 20 miles.

  3. The Iowa Class BBs still used the same Analog integrators that were installed in WW2 when they were decommissioned in the 90s. While the ships had weather instruments aboard, they also used a radar to track the first round downrange and could correct based on the actual flight path of a shell. Of course, the Navy has the advantage of not having certain impredimentia in the way like the Army does.

    1. IOWA once dropped salvos at 20 miles into an area the size of a football field. The MK8 was quite the computer.

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