Army of any country, regardless of the position in which it is located, maintains a number of military developments. And sometimes these developments draw on the real records. For example, the U.S. military creates a gun with amazing range of over 1,000 nautical miles (almost 1900 miles). Cannon, along with a hypersonic weapon will allow the military to attack strategically important targets that are far beyond the reach of existing army weapon systems.
The long-range gun in the world
As informed the editorial office of the portal Рopular Mesas with reference to Defense News, the program Manager of the U.S. army for the development of weapons of long-range Colonel John Rafferty, said that the technology on which will be made cannon, is truly innovative. However, some experts still are not sure of the economic feasibility of such a project.
The United States army plans to test key technical component at the naval support facility Dahlgren in Virginia “very soon”. Tactical and technical characteristics of the new guns for obvious reasons we do not reveal. And, remarkably, at this point the long-range guns available in the army inventory capable of hitting the target within a distance of 265 nautical miles. However, apparently, we are talking about a gun that shoots a jet of ammunition. Such developments were already in the military, however, to test prototypes, it never came.
Conventional guns work using artillery projectile propelling powder charge. Being fired from a cannon burning powder gases create enormous pressure. The pressure is increasing and reaching “a critical point”, ejects the cartridge from the gun. Then everything should be different. New “Big gun” will shoot rocket projectiles (RAP).
Jet projectile has a small rocket engine at the base of an artillery shell. The result is a shell with a smaller explosive charge, but a greater range. Artillery shell with a larger diameter can carry more load from the solid rocket fuel, greatly increasing the range. says Colonel Rafferty.
Can long-range gun to be applied for the needs of the Navy? It is quite possible. Now the US army is in full testing railgun gun (or railgun). But no matter how powerful they were, to overcome the distance in kilometers 1800-1900, their charges are unlikely to be able. Another argument in favor of the expediency of this project is the cost of charges for malganov. Each production costs about 400 to 500 thousand dollars, which is significantly more expensive than even “conventional” shells with a jet thrust. What do you think about such a powerful gun? Write about it in our chat in Telegram.
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The United States army hopes to get the finished prototype gun by 2023. Up to this point will be tested in all key elements of the gun. In particular, the greatest interest at the moment is the system firing and system for adjusting the accuracy of the guns at such great distances. Whether the shells are manageable, not currently reported.