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bombardment

[bäm′bärd·mənt]
(electronics)
The use of induction heating to heat electrodes of electron tubes to drive out gases during evacuation.

Bombardment

 

the attack on troops, equipment, and other military and industrial objectives, as well as on population centers, with artillery fire and airplane bombs.

In international law bombardment is regulated by a number of international agreements (primarily The Hague Conventions of 1899, 1907, and 1954). Present-day international law establishes that belligerent countries do not have an unlimited right in the choice of the means of inflicting harm on the enemy. Thus, bombardment of undefended ports, cities, settlements, or structures is forbidden. In instances in which there are military depots or installations in ports or populated areas, the commander of the attacking troops or naval forces can demand that the local authorities destroy the above-mentioned facilities and, in the event his demand is not carried out, subject them to bombardment, taking measures to limit the deleterious consequences for the populated area, especially with regard to historical monuments, churches, buildings used for science, the arts, and philanthropy, hospitals, and places where the sick and wounded are gathered. The Hague Convention of 1954 unconditionally banned the bombardment of cultural treasures, which must be provided with special visible markings and be accessible to international control.

In the system of rules of international law pertaining to the laws and customs of war, an important place belongs to provisions that forbid the use of weapons of mass destruction; it is unconditionally forbidden in bombing to use asphyxiating, poisonous, or other gases or liquids, as well as bacteriological means (the Geneva Protocol of 1925). On Nov. 24,1961, the UN General Assembly adopted a special declaration in which the use of nuclear and thermonuclear weapons was proclaimed contradictory to the spirit, letter, and goals of the UN Charter and a crime against humanity.

The conduct of wars in the period of imperialism abounds with examples of the most flagrant violations of the rules of international law, including provisions pertaining to bombing. For example, during World War I the Germans bombarded Paris with heavy fortress guns and from the air. During World War II the troops of fascist Germany carried out devastating bombardment against undefended cities and populated areas of the USSR and Poland (for example, the bombardment of Warsaw in 1939), fired on London with V-l and V-2 missiles, bombarded Coventry, England, in 1940, and so forth.

An example of a flagrant violation of international rules is the protracted shellings by heavy guns and aerial bombardment of peaceful cities and hamlets during the war in Vietnam by the US armed forces.

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In past wars, with comparatively few spontaneous fire missions, COCs operated under 'silence as consent,' with requests going directly to the supporting arms.
The complex decision of a danger-close fire mission is simply couched in our doctrine as, "[c]ommanders and fire supporters must carefully weigh the choice .
The FDC operator receives fire missions via SINCGARS digital and voice links.
Conversely, besides being a passive process the commander could set restrictions, called intervention points, that flag him in the event of a particular situation where he doesn't want to give the firing units a blank check, An example might be if the requested target were a chemical site or a unit with chemical-warfare capability where a fire mission could result in an accidental release of gas.
1) A track commander in the virtual environment identifies a target in CCTT and initiates a call for fire mission.
The difference is that usually air strikes are planned well in advance, while artillery fire missions tend to be carried out in support of the ground manoeuvre, mostly to provide immediate support to troops that came into contact with the enemy.
His gunner, CPL Hobbs, echoed back their call sign, "One-Two, fire mission.
The MFCS is also capable of producing ballistic solutions for the 60mm and 81mm mortars in the ground mounted mode and for multiple fire mission scenarios.
Be disciplined and put them into an empty ammunition box or round container during every fire mission.
It has been forecast that future artillery systems will have access to a mix of both GPS and radar-based trajectory correction to provide the gunners with options to match any particular fire mission.