Doug Bedell — September 14, 2018, 2:15 pm

U.S. Army Adding ‘Long-Range Cannon’ To Its Capabilities


This post isn’t about “close-in” security, neither is it about missiles fired from familiar sources. It’s about the U.S. Army’s hopes of fielding a “long-range cannon that can shoot out to 1,000 miles”. That’s the Army, not the Air Force or some other missile command.

Military.com reports that “Gen. John ‘Mike’ Murray testified at a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Readiness to explain to lawmakers how the newly established Futured (sp?) Command will change the Army’s acquisition and modernization process.”

It developed at the hearing that nations such as Russia and China are also adding capacity in “long-range fires”.

Indeed, “Development of long-range precision fires technology is the Army’s number one modernization priority,” Military.com reports. General Murray advised that “in the short term, the Army is adding back ‘both cannon and rocket artillery into our formations.'”

So, maybe the old World War II song should be updated to, “This is the Army, Mr. Rocketman.”

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