- The Army is developing a long range cannon with a range in excess of 1,000 miles.
- The Army wants a prototype by 2023.
- The cannon, along with Army hypersonic missiles, will allow the service to strike targets far behind enemy lines.
The U.S. Army is pushing ahead with plans to field a cannon with an astounding 1,000-mile+ range. The cannon, along with hypersonic weapons, will allow the service to attack long range, strategic-level targets far beyond the reach of existing Army systems.
According to Defense News, the Army’s program manager for long range fires, Col. John Rafferty, the service expects the gun to have a range of 1,000 nautical miles—or 1,150 statute miles. The technology behind the cannon is described as “cutting edge” that’s so advanced that the service is not sure if the gun would be affordable.
- The original Nine-O-Nine was a decorated veteran of the air war over Europe.
- The second plane served as a water bomber and nuclear test target.
- The restored “Nine-O-Nine” crashed in 1987 and was subject to an extensive rebuilding.
The MQ-25A Stingray won’t drop bombs or dogfight, but it will stretch the legs of planes that do.
from Zero Hedge:
US Military Tests ICBM Hours After Beijing Parades Missiles Through Tiananmen Square
Mere hours after the latest missile test by North Korea and Beijing’s parading of its ICBM arsenal through Tiananmen Square during the 70th anniversary celebration of Communist Party rule, the US military decided to carry out a missile test of its own on Wednesday, testing an unarmed Minuteman III ICBM.
The Minuteman was launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 1:13 am Pacific Time. The missile, which was equipped with a ‘reentry vehicle’, traveled 6,750 kilometers across the Pacific Ocean before touching down on the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, according to the Air Force Global Strike Command.
A photo of the test shows the missile in a brilliant purple hue.
Raytheon has taken the wraps off its new Peregrine medium-range, air-to-air missile that is half the size and expense of current medium air-launched missiles but has greater range and effectiveness. Designed to be used against drones, manned aircraft, and cruise missiles, it’s compatible with fourth and fifth-generation fighter aircraft.
My favorite aircraft of all time gets some needed upgrades.
At a recent live-fire exercise in Tapa, Estonia, the latest version of Milrem Robotics and ST Engineering’s ground combat robot showed off its ability to operate under Beyond Line Of Sight (BLVOS) control. In the April tests, the THeMIS Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) equipped with the ADDER DM Remote Weapon Station was armed with a 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher and a 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun.