Military prototypes of the range-doubling the size of the new artillery gun has to outgun Russia

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The Army is building a prototype of a new artillery gun, which is more than double the reach of the existing weapons and make a massive change to the strategic and tactical landscape and shaping the country to war in the future.

The Army’s program, the so-called Extended Range, Cannon Artillery, has been developing for a number of years; it is now in a new phase of an Army-a deal with BAE Systems to build the “Increment 1” prototype.

“This is the prototype phase to address capability gaps in the Army’s indirect fire systems, to improve the speed and range of the fire, and with the development of power, distribution of software, hardware, integration, solutions”), a BAE Systems statement said.

During the tests, so far, the Army has successfully fired a 155mm artillery round is the 62-kilometer – mark, a technical breakthrough in the field of land-based weapons, and to make progress towards the stated goal is to be able to outrange and outgun the Russian and Chinese weapons.


At the moment, most of the land is fired with artillery shot from an M777 Towed Howitzer or a Self-Propelled Howitzer to be able to assign the targets to be 30 – so as to hit 62km to dramatically change the Army offensive, the attack power. As part of an effort to take care of the heavy-duty M777 is sufficiently mobile, it is the Army, complete with a “movement” demonstration of the ERCA presentation of the previous year.

148th Field Artillery Regiment of the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team, and the company of field artillery gunnery, Mar. 4, 2019 At The Latest, The Orchard Combat Training Center.
(Sgt. Hawthorn Suites By Wyndham Cutrer/The Idaho Army National Guard)

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ERCA will also be integrated into the M109A7 Self-Propelled Howitzer, and would require that the M109A7 is the current 39-calibre gun to replace it with a 58-caliber, 30-foot-long “gun barrel”, with the main objective of the creation of the power of the double, from the current range of products, a BAE Systems statement said.

The army’s senior leaders are clear that the intent of the action is to display a tactical overmatch against a Russian and Chinese weapons. The mention of the Russian invasion of the Ukraine as a “wake-up call,” a senior Army leaders consistently say that the Russian weapons, tactics, and warfighting integration, is caused by a qualified health care.

Speaking to reporters last Fall, Army of the Futures Contract’s Commander, Gen. John Murray has referred to russia’s land of war ” tactics in Ukraine, as a part of the stirring and the basis for the U.S. Military’s current move toward the improvement of the land-based power.

In the Ukraine, we saw that the coupling of drones with artillery, and the use of drones, as they are going. Their organization and tactics, were a wake-up call for us to start looking for a more serious strategy,” Murray explained.

The Army and the 2015 combat vehicle Modernization Strategy and specifically cites concerns over Russia’s use of advanced weaponry and armored vehicles to Ukraine.

“The Russians are using their most advanced tanks in the Ukraine, including the T-72B3, T-80 and T-90. All of these tanks have 125mm guns, capable of firing a wide variety of ammunition, including an anti-tank/anti-helicopter missile, with a six-kilometer-range, and advanced armor protection, including active protection, in some models, the” strategy of writing.

ERCA is among the many initiatives taken in order to overcome these problems. Accordingly, the Military is now prototyping and artillery guns with a larger caliber tube, and new grooves to hang a weight to the force of gravity changes with the weapon that is a modified M777A2, mobile howitzer. The new ERCA coat of arms was designed in order to get to over 70 km, Army of developers, he said.

“If you’re talking about doubling the size of the range that you need to have a longer tube and a larger size. We will be mixing these cartridges with a howitzer, and increase the range. We have an upgrade failure, and the metal of the tube, and the change of the hydraulic lever, increased pressure, and with the help of a new ram-jet projectile, as a kind of missile,” a senior Army weapons developer told the Warrior Base in an interview last year.

The U.S. armed forces, Wisconsin National Guard Soldiers from the 1-426 Field Artillery Battery is to make use of an M109A6 Paladin Howitzer at Fort McCoy, Wis., August 18, 2018. (Photo by Spc. John Russell/US Army)

The amendment adds 1,000 pounds to the overall weight of the weapon, and an additional six feet of the gun tube. The ERCA systems that make use of a newly designed booth, the new head of design, and a new “muzzle brake,” the official explained.

“The ERCA program will develop not only the XM907 cannon, but also include products, such as the XM1113 a rocket assisted projectile, the XM654 boost, a autoloader and a new fire control system,” an Army statement last year, he said.

The Army earlier, are shown of a change in the M777A2 Howitzer, with an integration kit for the masses mock-up of the modified XM907 ERCA gun at the Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona.


ERCA changes in the armed forces of the country, war is a strategic calculation in a number of important ways, through the adoption of the Army’s number one modernization priority, and long-range precision fires. This concept of operations is intended to provide the ground attack, troops of the advancing infantry, with one additional stand-off range or from the protective sphere of his operations. Longer-range precision fire on enemy troop concentrations, lines, and equipment that is necessary to ensure a co-ordinated attack, while the effort to keep back the incoming enemy fire.

A 70-kilometer area is estimated, and a substantial leap forward for the artillery; when a GPS-guided, precision 155mm artillery rounds such as the Excalibur burst into the country to combat a little over ten years ago, to the strike of the range, it has been reported to be approximately 30 km away. This is a self-propelled Howitzer capable of hitting 70 km from the hotel lays the weapon on a par with some of the Army’s advanced ground-based missile – like precision to enable Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System, which is also 70 km away.

In the modern threat environment, that is in the area of acquisition and to a smaller level of competitors in the increasingly feature a precision-guided land weapons, a greater range of C4ISR technology, and the drone’s weapons, increasing the size of the range is the all-pervasive emphasis on the Army and the other services as well. Russian violations of the INF treaty, the new S-500 air defenses, the new Armata tanks, and the rapidly expanding attack with a drone – fleet of all the factors that will influence the Army’s decisions to move forward.

In fact, a senior Army of developers specifically say that the ERCA program is, at least in part, designed to allow the Army to be out of the range and rival the Russian’s arms.

The Russian army is currently in production on its latest howitzer cannon, with the 2S33 Msta-SM2-variant of; it’s a 2A79 the 152 mm gun is able to hit ranges of over 40 km and is much higher than the 25-km range of the original Russian 2S19 Msta – that is, for the first time, at the end of the 1980’s, according to the records of the


Last year, the statement of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, said that the 2S19 Msta-S modernized self-propelled howitzers were in position in the vicinity of Volgograd, Russia. The 2S19 Msta-S howitzers are fitted with an automatic fire control system with an increased rate of fire, electronic maps, ballistics, computers, and satellite navigation systems, the report says.That is why it is to do the simple math, and a 70 US Army, ERCA’s weapon appears to be significantly outrange the 40 Msta-S ” of the modern Russian howitzer.

As the senior coat of arms of the Army and the developers are thrilled with the possibility of a long-range, accurate artillery fire, they also recognize that the effectiveness of the hinges on the development of sensors, fire control, and target technology.

“Just because I can shoot farther, it doesn’t mean that I have to fix the problem. I have, for the acquisition of the target audience. We would like to be able to add to the goals, objectives and targets obscured by the uneven ground,” the senior Army and a developer, he said.

— William Osborne, the Managing Editor of the WARRIORMAVEN (CLICK HERE) and can be reached at

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