The army of any country, regardless of what position it is in, conducts some military developments. And sometimes these developments pull on the most real records. For example, the US military Department creates a gun with an amazing range of fire-more than 1,000 nautical miles (which is almost 1900 kilometers). The gun, along with hypersonic weapons, will allow the military to attack strategically important targets far beyond the reach of existing army weapons systems.
As the editorial office of the portal Popular Mechanics with reference to Defense News, the head of the US Army program for the development of long-range weapons, Colonel John Rafferty, reports that the technology by which the gun will be made is truly innovative. However, a number of experts are still not sure about the economic feasibility of such a project.
The United States Army is set to test a key technical component at the Dahlgren naval support facility in Virginia “very soon.” Tactical and technical characteristics of the new weapon for obvious reasons, do not disclose. And, remarkably, at the moment the most long-range guns available in service with the US army, can hit a target located at a distance of up to 265 nautical miles. However, we are talking about a gun that shoots jet ammunition. Such developments have already been in the military, but to test prototypes it never came.
Conventional artillery guns operate using an artillery shell ejected by a powder charge. When firing a gun, burning gunpowder gases creates enormous pressure. The pressure itself increases and, reaching the “critical point,” throws the cartridge out of the gun. Here same all should be several otherwise. The new “Big gun,” will shoot missiles.
“The rocket projectile has a small rocket engine at the base of the artillery projectile. The result is a projectile with a smaller explosive charge, but a longer range. A larger diameter artillery shell can carry a larger payload of solid rocket fuel, greatly increasing the range.” Colonel Rafferty stated.
The United States army hopes to have a prototype gun ready by 2023. Until then, all key elements of the gun will be tested. In particular, the greatest interest now is the system of launching the projectile, as well as systems for adjusting the accuracy of the gun at such large distances. Whether the projectiles will be controllable is not reported now.