A common argument for the phasing-out of vehicle-based obscuration was that artillery is a cheaper and easier means of employing obscuration.
Today, obscuration operations carry the same stigma as other outdated weapons of the past such as horses and spears--both of which met their ends due to the steady advance of technology.
Obscuration serves as one of the most effective means of denying multispectral targeting by the enemy; graphite-infused smoke is one type of widely available obscurant used for that purpose.
While Army obscuration capabilities were undergoing reductions, funding was approved for the development of replacement equipment to fill the capability gap.
There are some advantages to artillery-delivered obscuration over vehicle-mounted obscuration; however, artillery rounds do not measure up to a platoon of M58 smoke carriers on many levels of practical implementation.
In addition to the aforementioned benefits of obscurants, obscuration can also be used in support of breaching operations.
One of the best approaches in using obscuration for a breach is to combine projected and generated obscuration.
50, Battlefield Obscuration, illustrates the continued relevance of large-scale obscuration and describes its tangible impact as a force enabler in modern combat operations:
to provide an obscuration haze at Objective Peach to screen the task force movement over the Euphrates River.
Vehicle-mounted obscuration can be an invaluable asset to commanders.