US Army plans to upgrade long-range precision fire capabilities

26 June 2018 (Last Updated June 26th, 2018 11:46)

The US Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), PEO Ammunition and the Army Rapid Capabilities Office have collaborated to improve long-range precision fires.

US Army plans to upgrade long-range precision fire capabilities
The M777A2 and M777ER at a test site. Credit: US Army.

The US Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), PEO Ammunition and the Army Rapid Capabilities Office have collaborated to improve long-range precision fires.

This will help improve strike accuracy at significant distances during ground operations in any theatre.

Currently, experts at Picatinny Arsenal have partnered to deliver new technologies that can extend the range of cannon artillery.

Known as the US Army’s Center of Excellence for Guns and Ammunition, and the Army Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO), Picatinny Arsenal is the service’s acquisition shop that helps rapidly address critical capability gaps.

The long-range cannon project focuses on evaluating capability by quickly prototyping and equipping an artillery battery with the M777 Extended Range howitzer, a new projectile tracking system, survey device and rocket-assisted projectile in less than three years.

"If the project is successful, the long-range cannon will almost double the range of cannon artillery for the US Army and the US Marine Corps."

If the project is successful, the long-range cannon will almost double the range of cannon artillery for the US Army and the US Marine Corps.

This will offer an interim solution that would bridge a significant capability gap, while supporting the development of future long-range precision fires systems.

The long-range cannon project offers this interim solution to the US Army before the service delivers the major long-range precision fires systems under development.

The interim solution will also enable the operating forces to prepare for near-peer threats.