This scenario supports the argument that the air campaign first became effective when those same counterbattery radars were linked to the flying artillery
of A-10s and F/A-18s circling overhead.
On the other hand, Syria currently possesses at least 36 Mi-25 "Hind-D" helicopter gunships, a formidable flying artillery
platform made famous by Soviet forces in Afghanistan during the 1980s.
The Sumter flying artillery
; a Civil War history of the Eleventh Battalion Georgia Light Artillery.
In Afghanistan, US aircraft loitering over the battlefield equipped with Joint Direct Attack Munitions (IDAMs) became de facto fire-support assets -- flying artillery
. "In many cases, US Special Forces on the ground were calling in long-range bombers to provide tactical close-air support," Defense Secretary Rumsfeld told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee in May 2002.
For example, Marine air exists to be a supporting asset for the ground combat element--"flying artillery
" to many.
Mendell Solomon, director of business development for Motorola's Integrated Systems Division, says TAIS is analogous to an air traffic control center but one that will enable warfighters to keep track of things like flying artillery
rounds and battlefield rockets as well as aircraft.