Boeing offers new 155mm ramjet shell to US Army

With the arrival of new ammunition, such as the American XM1113 or the Italian Volcano, the range of artillery shells has increased considerably in recent years. Thus, where an M109A6 Paladin equipped with a 39-caliber L/39 gun (39 times the diameter of the 155 mm shell, or 6,05 m) struggled to hit targets at 20 km with traditional shells , it can now reach targets at 40 km with the XM1113, which is moreover with greatly increased precision thanks to GPS, inertial or laser guidance. In addition to the arrival of these so-called “additional propulsion” shells, i.e. benefiting from an additional thrust…

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US Army M109 ERCA self-propelled gun to enter service in 2023

The ERCA program, for Extended Range Cannon Artillery, is now considered one of the highest priorities for the US Army, as its self-propelled artillery capabilities lag behind those of countries like Russia, or even Europeans. Not only is the program ambitious, with in particular the ambition to have an artillery system with a range greater than 1800 km, but it is urgent. It is in this context that the demonstration made on March 6 at the Yuma test site in Arizona comes into its own. Indeed, this occasion, the ERCA system, a 58 caliber gun on a turret…

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