Army's dream of 1,000-mile precision attack artillery that fires smart munitions may be realized this decade

March 25, 2021
Land-fired precision-attack artillery with a range of 1,000-miles could travel to mainland China from Korea or even Japan.

WASHINGTON – Destroying enemy air defenses with smart munitions from the ground across hundreds of miles is one of many previously thought impossible missions that could become real if the U.S. Army can engineer a first-of-its kinds 1,000 mile Long-Range Cannon (LRC). Kris Osborn at Warrior Maven reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

25 March 2021 -- At the moment, the Army’s effort primarily is a science and technology initiative exploring the realm of the possible through collaborative efforts with the National Academies of Science and the Army Science Board.

The prospect of 1,000-mile artillery mirrors how artillery was considered years ago before precision-targeting 15 years ago. Over the years, artillery was thought of as an “area weapon” to blanket a target with suppressive fire.

The advent of GPS-guided artillery reshaped this equation, offering capability for 155-millimeter artillery for precision attack similar to that of the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) for years prior to this.

Related: Army makes $85.7 million order to Raytheon for Excalibur satellite-guided smart munitions artillery rounds

Related: Army asks Northrop Grumman to build add-on kits to convert artillery shells into GPS-guided smart munitions

Related: Lockheed Martin to develop integrated hypersonic smart munitions to attack important relocatable targets

John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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