WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army is using internal development and small-business ideas to figure out how to fire artillery faster by exploring every facet from how projectiles are stored all the way to automated reloading. Defense News reports. Continue reading original article
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3 Nov. 2020 -- The Army has teed up three lines of effort to tackle the entire chain of handling ammunition, loading and reloading in order to fire faster.
While capability garnered from these efforts could feed into current weapons, they also will be incorporated into the Extended Range Cannon Artillery system that the service is planning to deliver to the force in 2023.
That program aims to upgrade the range and lethality of artillery, but also will seek an increased rate of fire. While the Army is busy determining which operational units will first get the new weapon, officials also are reconfiguring the existing architecture of its original prototype autoloader.
John Keller, chief editor
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