Army seeks long barrel advanced artillery for ultra long-range performance in efforts to outgun adversaries

The Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA) will go onto the M109A7 howitzer and require a 58-caliber, 30-foot gun barrel to double the current range.

Artillery 17 July 2019

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army is building prototypes of a new artillery cannon that can more than double the range of existing weapons and vastly alter the strategic and tactical landscape shaping land war into the future. Fox News reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

17 July 2019 -- The Army program, called Extended Range Cannon Artillery, has been developing for several years; it is now entering a new phase through an Army deal with BAE Systems to build “Increment 1” long-range artillery prototypes.

During testing thus far, the Army has successfully fired a 155-millimeter artillery round 62 kilometers - marking a technical breakthrough in the realm of land-based weapons and progressing toward its stated goal of being able to outrange and outgun Russian and Chinese weapons.

ERCA will be integrated onto the M109A7 Self-Propelled Howitzer and will require the M109A7’s current 39-caliber turret to be replaced with a long barrel 58-caliber, 30-foot long gun barrel with the objective of creating firepower double the current range.

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John Keller, chief editor
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