Are we seeing the end of Close Air Support?

Two videos, a recent one from Raytheon on the Excalibur guided 155mm artillery round and an older one from Lockheed Martin on GMLRS

and

Consider the deployed infrastructure requirements, capital and through life costs for this

On June 14, 2012, F-35B Joint Strike Fighter test aircraft BF-2 completed the first test flight for the short takeoff and vertical landing variant with an asymmetric weapons load. BF-2 flew with an AIM-9X Sidewinder inert missile on the starboard pylon, a centerline 25 mm gun pod, and a GBU-32 and AIM-120 in the starboard internal weapon bay.
On June 14, 2012, F-35B Joint Strike Fighter test aircraft BF-2 completed the first test flight for the short takeoff and vertical landing variant with an asymmetric weapons load. BF-2 flew with an AIM-9X Sidewinder inert missile on the starboard pylon, a centerline 25 mm gun pod, and a GBU-32 and AIM-120 in the starboard internal weapon bay.

versus this

The final pre-acceptance trial of the GMLRS (Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System) at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, USA.
The final pre-acceptance trial of the GMLRS (Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System) at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, USA.

and this

Merlin Helicopter Light Gun Royal Artillery
Merlin Helicopter Light Gun Royal Artillery
The M777 155mm howitzer
The M777 155mm howitzer

Makes one think

 

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