The power of the world’s leading military position: How far can US artillery fire?

H???’s Wh?t Y?? N??? t? R?m?m???: Th? h?witz?? th?t t??k th? 40-mil? sh?ts in A?iz?n? w?s ?n? ?? th? A?m?’s ???t?t??? Ext?n???-R?n?? C?nn?n A?till??? s?st?ms. Th? ERCA c?m?in?? th? l?t?st M-109A7 ch?ssis with ? n?w, 30-???t-l?n? ??n.

Th? U.S. A?m? l?st ???? ?i??? tw? 155-millim?t??-?i?m?t?? h?witz?? sh?lls ??t t? ? ?ist?nc? ?? 40 mil?s.

Th? t?st sh?ts ?t Y?m? P??vin? G???n? in A?iz?n? ?n M??ch 6, 2020 si?n?l th? ???innin? ?? ? m?j?? ?v??h??l ?? th? A?m?’s ??till???.

Th? ????n?-c?m??t ???nch is s??n?in? ?illi?ns ?? ??ll??s ?xt?n?in? th? ?i?in? ??n?? ?? its h?witz??s ?n? ??ck?t l??nch??s whil? ?ls? ??v?l??in? n?w, l?n?-??n?? ??ck?ts — ?ll in ?n ?????t t? m?tch, th?n ?xc???, th? ??till??? c????iliti?s ?? ?iv?ls s?ch ?s R?ssi?.

Th? A?m?’s c????nt h?witz??s — th? t?w?? M-777 ?n? th? s?l?-?????ll?? M-109 — ?i?? j?st 14 mil?s with n??m?l sh?lls ?n? 19 mil?s with ??ck?t-?ssist?? sh?lls. R?ssi?n h?witz??s ?l????? c?n sh??t ?s ??? ?s 43 mil?s.

Th? A?m? ???in? th? 2000s l????? ??hin? its m?j?? ?iv?ls in ??till??? ??v?l??m?nt.

Th?t ch?n??? ?s Chin? ????n ?x??tin? m??? in?l??nc? in th? Asi?-P?ci?ic ???i?n. Th? ch?n?? ?cc?l???t?? wh?n R?ssi? inv???? Uk??in? in 2014. Th? A?m? ???l???? ??ck t? E????? tw? ??tt?li?ns ?? ??ck?t l??nch??s th?t it ???vi??sl? h?? with???wn ???m th? c?ntin?nt.

Th? h?witz?? th?t t??k th? 40-mil? sh?ts in A?iz?n? w?s ?n? ?? th? A?m?’s ???t?t??? Ext?n???-R?n?? C?nn?n A?till??? s?st?ms. Th? ERCA c?m?in?? th? l?t?st M-109A7 ch?ssis with ? n?w, 30-???t-l?n? ??n.

Th? A?m? ?x??cts t? ?i?l? th? ?i?st 18 ?? th? ???th??-?i?in? ??ns in 2023.

Th? Y?m? t?st inv?lv?? tw? ?i?????nt sh?ll t???s. An Exc?li??? GPS-??i??? sh?ll ?n? ?n M1113 ??ck?t-?ssist?? ???j?ctil?. Th? M1113, which is sl?t?? t? ?nt?? th? ????l?? ???c? in th? n?xt c???l? ?? ????s, ?xt?n?s th? ?i?in? ??n?? ?? ?l??? M-777s ?n? M-109s t? 24 mil?s.

A n?w ??mj?t-?????ll?? sh?ll th?t ? N??w??i?n ?i?m is ??v?l??in? ???th?? c??l? ???st th? ERCA’s ??n?? ??t t? 60 ?? ?v?n 80 mil?s.

Th? ERCA is th? ?i?st in ? s??i?s ?? n?w l?n?-??n?? w????ns ??? th? A?m?. Th? s??vic? ?ls? is ??v?l??in? n?w ??ck?ts ??? its wh??l?? Hi?h-M??ilit? A?till??? R?ck?t S?st?m ?n? t??ck?? M?lti?l?-L??nch R?ck?t S?st?m.

Th? c????nt, st?n???? G?i??? M?lti?l? L??nch R?ck?t S?st?m ??ck?t ?li?s ?s ??? ?s 43 mil?s. A n?w ?xt?n???-??n?? v??si?n ?? th? GMLRS ?li?s m??? th?n twic? ?s ???.

Th? c????nt, l????-?i?m?t?? A?m? T?ctic?l Missil? S?st?m, which ?ls? is c?m??ti?l? with HIMARS ?n? MLRS, h?s ? m?xim?m ??n?? ?? 186 mil?s. Th? n?w, li?ht?? P??cisi?n St?ik? Missil? — ??? t? ?nt?? s??vic? in 2023 — ???sts ? 310-mil? m?x ??n??.

Th? A?m? ?ls? is st???in? ? c?nc??t ??? ? ?i??ntic n?w, t??ck-t?w?? c?nn?n th?t c??l? ?i?? sh?lls ?s ??? ?s 1,000 mil?s.

Whil? l????? in sc?l? th?n ?n? ?xistin? ??till??? ?i?c?, th? St??t??ic L?n?-R?n?? C?nn?n ???sn’t ?ct??ll? ????i?? m?ch in th? w?? ?? n?w t?chn?l???, C?l. J?hn R?????t?, wh? in 2018 l?? th? A?m?’s l?n?-??n??-?i??s m????niz?ti?n ?????t, t?l? B???kin? D???ns?.

R?????t? s?i? th? n?w ??n w??l? ?????w ?l?m?nts ?? ?xistin? 155-millim?t?? c?nn?ns. “I ??n’t w?nt t? ?v??sim?li??, [??t] it’s ? ?i???? ?n? ?? th?s?,” R?????t? s?i?. “W?’?? sc?lin? ?? thin?s th?t w?’?? ?l????? ??in?.”

Th? ????n?-c?m??t ???nch ?ls? is w??kin? with th? N?v? t? ??v?l?? ? c?mm?n h????s?nic ?li?? v?hicl?, which w??l? l??nch ?t?? ? ??ck?t th?n t??v?l 1,400 mil?s ?? ???th?? ?t ? t?? s???? ?xc???in? M?ch ?iv?.

Th? ERCA is ? t?ctic?l w????n th?t’s m?st s?it??l? ??? ?i??ctl? s?????tin? n????? ???c?s. F??th??-?i?in? HIMARS ?n? MLRS l??nch??s ?iv? th? A?m? s?m? ??ilit? t? hit ?n?m? ???c?s w?ll ??hin? th? ???nt lin?.

Th? c?nc??t??l th??s?n?-mil? c?nn?n ?n? th? in-??v?l??m?nt h????s?nic missil?, ?? c?nt??st, c??l? ?ll?w th? A?m? t? st?ik? t????ts s?ch ?s st??in? ??s?s, l??istic?l n?tw??ks ?n? ?i? ??s?s — t????ts th?t, ??????, w??? th? s?l? ??s??nsi?ilit? ?? Ai? F??c? ?n? N?v? ?l?n?s ?n? missil?s.

T????tin? c??l? ??s? ? ????l?m ??? th?s? ???-?w?? t????ts. Acc???in? t? B???kin? D???ns?, th? A?m? is w??kin? ?n ??ti?ici?l int?lli??nc? ?n? wi??l?ss n?tw??ks s? its h?witz??s ?n? ??ck?t-l??nch??s c?n ??c?iv? t????t c????in?t?s ???m th? s??vic?’s ?wn ???n?s ?s w?ll ?s ???m ???n?s, s?? ?l?n?s ?n? s?t?llit?s ??l?n?in? t? th? ?th?? ??m?? s??vic?s.

D?vi? Ax? s??v?? ?s D???ns? E?it?? ?? th? N?ti?n?l Int???st. H? is th? ??th?? ?? th? ????hic n?v?ls  W?? Fix, W?? Is B??in? ?n? M?ch?t? S????.

This ??ticl? is ??in? ?????lish?? ??? t? ?????? int???st.

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