Watch the Army’s new supergun absolutely wreck a target from 43 miles away

The Army has a supergun, and it works pretty damn well.

The Defense Department has a message to allies and adversaries alike: the Army has a supergun, and it works pretty damn well.

The Army last week released footage of its nascent XM1299 Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA) system nailing a target with an M982A1 Excalibur guided artillery shell from 43 miles (70 kilometers) away in a recent test.

The demonstration, conducted on Dec. 19 at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, is meant to showcase the progress the service has made in its long-range precision fire capabilities compared to near-peer adversaries like Russia and China, according to the service.

Indeed, as Task & Purpose previously reported, the test far outstripped the ranges of both the M109A7 Paladin (18 miles, or 30 km, with a rocket-assisted projectile) and the M777 (25 miles, or 40 km, with a rocket-assisted projectile) howitzers.

“Not only did the test show the design robustness of a current fielded projectile to demonstrate lethality at extended ranges, it did so while maintaining accuracy, marking a major milestone in support of (Long Range Precision Fires) objectives of achieving overmatch artillery capability in 2023,” Col. Anthony Gibbs, project manager for Combat Ammunition Systems, said in a statement.

Translation: This cannon fucks, am I right? Just watch:

According to Defense One, defense contractor BAE Systems aims to deliver the ERCA systems to at least one Army battalion by 2023 as part of a $45 million contract signed in 2019. As far as we’re concerned, 2023 can’t get here soon enough.

Related: The Army is working on a ramjet artillery round for its next-generation super cannon

Jared Keller
Jared Keller

is the executive editor of Task & Purpose. His writing has appeared in Aeon, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the New Republic, Pacific Standard, Smithsonian, and The Washington Post, among other publications. Contact the author here.

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