A M777 howitzer tested with a 52 caliber barrel. This is a featured picture on the English language Wikipedia Featured pictures and is considered one of the finest images. The Extended Range Cannon Artillery program is an attempt to buy more distance versus Russian artillery by improving existing American guns.
Description M777 Light Towed Howitzer 1. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2. The problem is that Russian guns can shoot even farther. The following 3 pages uses this file: A combination of RAP shell, new propellants and a new, super-long howitzer barrel should push Army howitzers to 43 miles.
In the short term, as Breaking Defense points out , that includes a new RAP round, the XM113, which will push existing guns to 24 miles. Howitzers and rocket launchers are the primary means of fire support for ground forces in conventional battle and can strike targets miles behind enemy lines.
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Army is on the verge of updating its howitzer fleet to double the shooting range. All structured data from the file and property namespaces is available under the Creative Commons CC0 License ; all unstructured text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License ; additional terms may apply.