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  • The US Army only ever fired one nuclear artillery shell from its 'Atomic Annie' cannon, and this is what it looked like

    05/25/2021 3:53:54 PM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 39 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 25, 2021 | Ryan Pickrell
    The US Army fired its atomic cannon for the first and last time 68 years ago. The cannon, initially named "Able Annie," was later renamed "Atomic Annie." During the May 25, 1953 test, the cannon fired a nuclear shell that unleashed a 15-kiloton blast. The US Army successfully test-fired an atomic cannon exactly 68 years ago Tuesday. It was the first and only time the US military ever fired a nuclear weapon from a conventional cannon, according to the Army.
  • Canadian soldier charged with feeding cannabis cupcakes to artillery unit during live-fire exercise

    05/24/2021 3:10:15 PM PDT · by billorites · 52 replies
    CTV News ^ | May 20, 2021 | Todd Coyne
    VICTORIA -- A Canadian army gunner is facing more than a dozen charges after she allegedly served cannabis-laced cupcakes to her unsuspecting artillery unit during a live-fire exercise. Court documents allege a sudden onset of paranoia, fatigue and confusion among the troops who ate the cupcakes, unaware of their psychoactive contents. "Several affected members were allegedly unable to properly execute safe weapons and explosive handling drills," according to a military judge’s summary of the charges. The incident marks the first time that a Canadian Armed Forces member has been charged with administering marijuana to colleagues without their consent, according to...
  • Army Fires Shells 40 Miles in Upgraded Cannon Test

    03/07/2020 4:20:31 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 102 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | March 7, 2020 Updated: March 7, 2020 | SIMON VEAZEY
    An outsized and upgraded cannon spat shells a distance of 40 miles over the Arizona desert Friday, reaching almost three times as far as its previous incarnation. The army is scrambling to boost the range of its missiles and artillery as the number one modernization priority.That program includes an upgrade to a tank-like howitzer, the Extended Range Cannon Artillery, with three times the range and an autoloader, able to launch one round every 6-10 seconds.On March 6, the prototype, with its unwieldy-looking gun, successfully fired two different types of artillery 40 miles during a demonstration at the Yuma testing range...
  • Leaked Images Show the Army’s Mind-Bending New Super Gun

    02/27/2020 6:03:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 47 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | February 25, 2020 | Kyle Mizokami
    Leaked images of the U.S. Army’s new super gun have emerged on social media, showing for the first time the mysterious new weapon with a claimed range of over 1,000 miles. The Strategic Long Range Cannon (SLRC) is designed to be transported by truck, handled by a crew of eight, and rain shells down on enemy positions across continents and oceans.
  • Meet the M1299, the new Army howitzer with twice the range of the Paladin

    07/25/2019 3:14:30 PM PDT · by PROCON · 137 replies ^ | July 24, 2019 | Jared Keller
    U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground conducts developmental testing of multiple facets of the Extended Range Cannon Artillery project, from artillery shells to the longer cannon tube and larger firing chamber the improved howitzer will need to accommodate them on November 18, 2018 (U.S. Army photo)The future of Army long-range precision officially has a name. The Army confirmed on Monday that it plan on designating the Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA) program's brand new 155mm self-propelled howitzer as the M1299, Army Recognition reports. Developed in response to increasing concerns of near-peer adversaries like Russia and China, the ERCA gun nailed targets...
  • U.S. Field artillery back to learning manual methods after Russian intervention in Ukraine

    07/18/2019 4:22:09 AM PDT · by tlozo · 108 replies
    Defence Blog ^ | Jul 18, 2019 | Army, News
    The U.S. Army Field artillery going back again to manual methods of fire direction and gunnery after lessons of Russian intervention in Ukraine. The U.S. Army has not had to contend with electronic warfare during the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the conflict in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region showed an increase of electronic attack threat levels. With the growing threat of cyberattacks, the U.S. Army Field Artillery School has placed a renewed emphasis on learning manual methods. “Bringing back the charts is a big deal,” said Staff Sgt. Chad Payne, an instructor for the 13J fire control specialist...
  • The Real History of the Ballista, Game of Thrones' Anti-Dragon Weapon

    05/07/2019 6:20:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | May 6, 2019 | William Gurstelle
    Cersei Lannister needs some anti-dragon air defenses, so the twisted mind of Qyburn has dreamed up a double-bowed monstrosity. In season 7, he tests it on an ancient dragon skull (which would be like firing an AR-15 through King Tut's sarcophagus), and in season 8—it appears he's made a few more. But Cersei's high powered anti-dragon weapon is much more than just fantasy. In human history, this old-school Godzilla-sized crossbow goes by a different name—a ballista. This kind of catapult uses a pair of bent bow springs to store and release energy. Sure, it works well enough to put a...
  • The Artillery Systems That Could Be Futures Command’s First Big Success

    01/28/2019 12:13:29 PM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | February 28, 2019 | Dan Goure
    The emerging security environment, marked by an intensifying technological competition among the major powers as well as the proliferation of advanced of military hardware, is leading to future battlefields that will be faster paced and highly lethal. Units that stay in one place too long are toast. The Army Chief of Staff, General Mark Milley, has observed that “if you stay in one place for longer than two or three hours, you will be dead.” General Milley was an optimist. The Russian Army has developed a sophisticated indirect fires capability that employs electronic warfare and unmanned aircraft systems for reconnaissance...
  • What You Need to Know About Russia's New 2S42 “Lotos” Self-Propelled Artillery Gun

    01/07/2019 1:01:44 PM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    National Interest ^ | January 6, 2018 | Mark Episkopos
    An image out of an arms manufacturer’s corporate calendar, posted earlier this week, offers a first glimpse at the finalized design of the Russian Air Force's new 2S42 “Lotos” self-propelled artillery gun. The depiction comes from the official “Central Scientific - Research Institute for Precision Machine Engineering” (TsNIITochMash) Instagram profile, accompanied by a descriptive quote from its head artillery engineer Dmitry Melikhov. Lotos is shown on the August page, likely in recognition of August 2 as being national “Airborne Forces Day” and August 12 as national “Air Force Day” in Russia. The design closely resembles a previous scale model displayed...
  • S. Korea proposes movement of N.K. long-range artillery away from border: ...

    06/17/2018 12:37:32 PM PDT · by caww · 4 replies
    YonHap ^ | 6/17/2018 | YonHap
    South Korea proposed that North Korea move its long-range artillery away from the heavily fortified border in an effort to reduce tensions during last week's rare cross-border military talks, government sources here said Sunday. "We conveyed our position to the North that in light of consultations between the North and the United States over the denuclearization issue, we have to craft measures to drastically reduce military tensions by removing practical threats,"............. "I understand that (the South) suggested moving the North's artillery that threatens the Seoul metropolitan area to rear areas so as to actively implement the Panmunjom Declaration," the source...
  • New Army Artillery Doubles Attack Range & Outguns Russian Equivalent

    06/14/2018 12:24:13 PM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Warrior Maven ^ | June 13, 2018 | Warrior Maven
    The Army is fast-tracking an emerging program to engineer a longer-range artillery cannon able to out range enemy ground forces by hitting targets at more than twice the distance of existing artillery. The service is now prototyping an Extended Range Cannon Artillery weapons with a larger caliber tube and new grooves to hang weights for gravity adjustments to the weapon – which is a modified M777A2 mobile howitzer. Existing 155m artillery rounds, fired with precision from mobile and self-propelled howitzer platforms, have a maximum range of about 30km; the new ERCA weapon is designed to hit ranges greater than 70km,...
  • Israel Turns Artillery Rocket Into Supersonic 'Rampage' Air-Launched Stand-Off Weapon

    06/11/2018 7:26:36 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 11, 2018 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Israeli Military Industries Systems, or IMI Systems, in cooperation with Israel Aerospace Industries, abbreviated IAI, is close to finishing development of a new air-launched, precision-guided, high-speed weapon called Rampage that can hit targets more than 90 miles away. The announcement comes as Israel steps up its cross-border campaign against Iran and its interests in neighboring Syria, which has seen an increasing emphasis on stand-off capabilities given the complex air defense environment in that country, but the weapon could also be especially attractive to a number of foreign military forces. The two Israeli state-run companies officially unveiled the new weapon in...
  • Slovakia’s Unusual Artillery Is Among the Most Advanced in the World

    06/04/2018 8:47:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    War is Boring ^ | May 24, 2018 | Robert Beckhusen
    Konstrukta photos When the DANA began rolling off Czechoslovakian assembly lines in the late 1970s, there wasn’t much else like it. The enormous, 152-millimeter self-propelled howitzer had eight road wheels instead of tracks. Most mobile artillery pieces at that time were tracked, like tanks, and the DANA was the first gun its of its size to roll on wheels — while carrying an innovative auto-reloading mechanism for the cannon. The Czechoslovak People’s Army wanted the DANA so it wouldn’t have to rely as much on the Soviet industry for its needs — and the wheels made for a speedy and...
  • Russia’s Army Has Upgraded Its Giant 240-Millimeter Mortars

    11/22/2017 9:58:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 22, 2017 | Robert Beckhusen
    The Russian Ground Forces have taken delivery of the first batch of modernized 2C4 Tulip self-propelled 240-millimeter mortars. The 1960s-era weapons were upgraded with new datalinks, communications gear and fire control systems. Russia eventually hopes to modernize all 500 of the vehicles it has in storage. “In the course of deep modernization, modern control and communication facilities are installed in the combat vehicles,” reads a Russian Ministry of Defense statement.
  • The Army Desperately Wants A Pint Sized Tank With A Big Gun, Here's What We Know

    11/02/2017 4:02:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 36 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 31, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    The U.S. Army is rushing ahead with its project to develop a new light tank to give infantry brigades extra firepower, especially against a near-peer opponent such as Russia. In the past, though, developing a vehicle that is both lighter than a traditional main battle tank and still survivable and useful on a modern battlefield has proven to be a difficult proposition. The Army plans to send out a final, formal request for proposals for the program, known as Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF), to interested defense contractors in November 2017. The service then hopes to power through the contracting process...
  • This Humvee-Mounted Howitzer Is Here To "Shoot and Scoot"

    09/21/2017 6:23:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | September 20, 2017 | Kyle Mizokami
    A new self-propelled howitzer system meets a Humvee—or a Ford F-250 pickup truck—with a 105-millimeter howitzer for an artillery system capable of rapidly moving from one firing position to another. The result is the Hawkeye,a new artillery system that can not only keep up with fast-moving friendly forces but dodge attempts by enemy forces to shut it down.
  • Guns on U.S. Ships –Do We Need Them?

    06/14/2017 1:18:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 41 replies
    Bryen's Blog ^ | JUNE 13, 2017 | Stephen Bryen
    76 mm Super Rapid by en:User:Ketil –, CC BY-SA 3.0, In the mid-1990’s I was working as a consultant to the Italian defense firm Oto Melara. Oto Melara’s name was made by its 3” (76mm) naval gun that took the world by storm. Over 100 navies globally, including the United States, adopted the 76mm gun for their corvettes, frigates and patrol boats. The original Oto Melara gun system fired at around 80 rounds per minute, which was more than adequate against the kinds of threats that were around in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. The gun could be...
  • "Something Stinks Here" - CrowdStrike Revises, Retracts Parts Of Explosive Russian Hacking Report

    03/29/2017 8:59:43 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 15 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 03/28/2017 | Tyler Durden
    Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, Last week, I published two posts on cyber security firm CrowdStrike after becoming aware of inaccuracies in one of its key reports used to bolster the claim that operatives of the Russian government had hacked into the DNC. This is extremely important since the DNC hired CrowdStrike to look into its hack, and at the same time denied FBI access to its servers. Before reading any further, you should read last week’s articles if you missed them the first time. Credibility of Cyber Firm that Claimed Russia Hacked the DNC Comes Under Serious Question What...
  • The Turkish Army Has Had These Howitzers For Over 50 Years [SPG]

    02/23/2017 7:38:55 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 23, 2017 | Joseph Trevithick
    In February 2017, Turkish troops brought out tanks, armored personnel carriers, self-propelled artillery and more for an annual winter war game called Kış Tatbikatı. Among the various weapons on display on the snowy training grounds were mobile howitzers that Turkey has had in service for over 50 years. Between 1963 and 1966, Turkey received more than 350 M-52 guns from the United States, according to data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. After World War II, the U.S. Army developed the tracked 105-millimeter weapons as part of a whole family of new vehicles to prepare for a major confrontation...
  • Russia Unleashes Artillery in Eastern Ukraine

    01/31/2017 6:33:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 65 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 31, 2017 | Robert Beckhusen
    One of the most characteristically Russian methods of warfighting is the heavy use of artillery. In Syria, Russian artillery gave a boost to a Syrian army badly depleted by years of heavy fighting. In eastern Ukraine, combined Russian-separatist forces continue to exchange artillery fire with the Ukrainian army on a regular basis.