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Much of that is going on already. Unfortunately the maintenance program is severely handicapped by an inability to get parts. I'm not sure how much ability the Materiel manager has in this matter to get foreign parts (like Korea's) but one of the complications is that many of the issues with the gun relate to unique components created when the bankrupt company in Europe converted our C1s to C3s. You can only do so much through in-service maintenance management. This thing needs a project which folks at the centre do not seem prepared to throw any money at.Pool what guns are left after the Ceremonial Units are kitted out with guns able to fire blank rounds.
Non Repairable guns are left in the Armouries to be used as training aids and for dry fire training on the parade square or what ever.
Working guns are pooled at Petawawa or Meaford with a service crew to maintain them made of Reg and Res Force members.
Units close to Petawawa or get funding to send troops from outside the area to work with 2Horse to learn how the M777 works and train to be part of the gun crew on their exercises so the troops are trained and deployable if the guns are ever needed to be forward deployed again.
The same can be done at Gagetown, Wainwright, and at Shilo.
Guns remain a key component of a balanced force, in part costs of the projectile is far cheaper than a guided system, in part because once fired , there are, as yet, very few things to stop the bullet, and in part because sometimes you need a mass of fire or illumination or smoke or a whole variety of things done better and more cheaply by guns.I'm going to throw this out there. All the talk of guns, cannons and howitzers is this not a case of "fighting the last war" or in this instant the one going on now? Is tube artillery really going to be as big as it looks right now?
yes the Russian and Ukrainians are using a ton on it. But is that a case of that is what they have not of what they would like? (yes there will always be a need for tube artillery) But would not investing in different fires not be the away to go? MLRS etc?