The new US howitzer is able to hit long range targets, but has a problem
WASHINGTON, (BM) – The United States are developing a new 155-mm self-propelled howitzer based on the M109A7, which is being created to intimidate China and Russia, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according article in US edition Defense One.
The columnist for the American publication, Patrick Tucker, recalls that the Pentagon does not intend to get a modernized self-propelled artillery mount (ACS), but a completely new weapon, which will be designated XM1299.
During tests conducted at the Yuma training ground in Arizona, the 58th caliber XM1299 cannon was able to hit targets at a distance of 65 kilometers, which is much farther than the traditional 18-kilometer howitzer. According to officials, the Excalibur precision munition successfully hit the target.
“This has been the longest test so far for a cannon, which is essentially a modernized howitzer being developed as part of a program to expand the range of cannon artillery,” reads the publication Defense One.
According to General John Rafferty, this gun promises a new way to attack targets that are located about 20-60 kilometers from the shooter.
The U.S. Army ordered 18 XM1299s, which should go into service in 2023. The Pentagon also considers various shells, including those that use a ramjet engine. Rafferty said the contractor will demonstrate it this year.
The main problem that the new self-propelled guns are now facing is the completion of the forklift, which will allow the gun to fire from six to eight rounds per minute. According to Rafferty, just such a rate of fire will allow to clear the enemy’s position in the way a huge bomb would do. However, he notes that the forklift is not a simple machine.
“He needs to charge ammunition, rocket fuel and a fuse-correcting course, which allows the projectile to change direction in the air,” the general said.
Thus, despite a number of successes in creating the XM1299, American gunsmiths still cannot solve the main problem of the latest self-propelled guns.
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