The Army’s 1,000-Mile Long Range Cannon Concept

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U.S. ARMY PHOTO BY STAFF SGT. MATTHEW KEELER

By: Jamison Scott

The Army is currently developing a long range cannon with a range greater than 1,000 miles. The Army is hoping to have a working prototype in 2023. Along with the Army’s hypersonic missiles, the cannon will have the capability of striking targets far behind enemy lines. The “cutting edge” technology that will be a part of the cannon is so advanced, the gun may not even be affordable. Currently, the Army’s heaviest gun, with a 155 millimeter diameter barrel, has a range of just 25 miles. The largest gun ever built, had a range of 28 miles. Built into the side of a hill, System 350 had a barrel diameter of 350 millimeters and could lob a 300 pound projectile with 33 pounds of high explosives up to 265 miles. Unfortunately, Gerald Bull, the creator of this behemoth, was assassinated and System 350 was never finished.

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