Planning and preparation are always vital for the mission success, but
these become critical factor in modern employment of urban operations
in Low Intensity Conflict operations. Past operations in urban terrain
required extensive use of large forces, requiring massive and
devastating fire support that limited military activities and exposed
forces to unnecessary risks when employed in LIC.
Today, C4 systems enable more efficient use of forces, based on timely
and accurate situational assessment, employment of precision effects
by weapons from aircraft, missiles and mortars down to the sniper,
rifleman and grenadier. Mission planning tools available with current
C4 systems utilize 3D modeling adapted to the urban area, enabling
better terrain analysis, optimal planning of sensors positions,
surveillance schemes and employment of firepower, selecting covert
ingress employ flexible choice of egress routes to avoid unnecessary
risks that may have happened in the area during the forces activity.
Effective communications and situational awareness for all forces
reduces the risk of fratricide and minimizes collateral damage and
threat to non combatants.
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