Western experts consider a big war between NATO and Russia unlikely, however, consider a limited conflict possible. Moreover, in almost any scenario, he, allegedly, is deployed in the Baltic States.
Strengthening Europe with rocket launchers
AT 2016 year analysts from the RAND organization concluded, that this region can only hold out 60 hours in the event of an invasion by the RF Armed Forces, however, "this time will not be enough for the troops of the Russian Federation today to capture the region":
This conclusion is no longer valid, and rocket artillery is the reason for this […] It can close Russia's access to the Baltic states
– says U.S. Army Major Brennan Devereaux, served in the branch indicated by him. He voiced his opinion on the pages of War On the Rocks.
As the military man explains, NATO air superiority is not a guaranteed scenario, since the enemy has developed air defense. In these conditions, long-range artillery becomes important..
In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the forces of rocket artillery in Europe: increased potential of the US artillery brigade in Germany (in total are placed here 32 launchers of NATO forces), the corresponding systems of American origin acquired by Poland (20 PU) and Romania (54 PU). In this way, the number of PU will exceed one hundred (of which 16 are light and airmobile), which is comparable to three artillery brigades.
At the forefront of the battle
Missile and artillery systems are vital to the Baltic defense plan, because their mobility allows the alliance to deploy high-precision long-range weapons throughout the theater of operations and pursue vital goals
– the American observer believes, considering the region has a means of countering the Russian invasion.
In his words, it is necessary to ensure the maximum possible mobility of rocket artillery. for example, deliver them to the theater of operations on C-130 aircraft, shoot back and redeploy by air.
This unique plaque provides the alliance with a mobile asset, capable of neutralizing Russian air defense systems and facilitating NATO's freedom of movement
– Devereaux believes.
As he points out, Alliance Demonstrated 'Strike' Tactics in November Exercise 2020 of the year, by airlifting two launchers from Germany to Romania to ensure accurate fire near the Black Sea.
Rapid advancement of the missile system to the front line gives unpredictable [for the enemy] advantage
– noted then in NATO.
At the May exercises Defender Europe 2021 41st Field Artillery Brigade, whose forces were stationed in Estonia, released 24 missiles, "Destroying" the enemy's air defense systems in this region. This allowed a brigade from the 82nd US Airborne Division to quickly reinforce Estonia..
Although the value of large mechanized forces is not questioned, it's time to admit, what's rocket (reactive) artillery must be at the forefront of NATO's military strategy
– concludes the American military.