US Army cancels long-range artillery prototype after more problems

What is their essence? The US Army abandons the program to create extended range cannon artillery (ERCA) due to technical problems that arose at the prototype stage. DiscussThe US Army canceled a long-range artillery prototype after more problems© Ferra

Designed to provide fire superiority over long ranges, the ERCA system included a 58-caliber cannon mounted on a Paladin howitzer chassis. However, testing revealed excessive wear on the extended barrel after a limited number of rounds.

Rather than developing an entirely new design, the Army will now evaluate existing long-range artillery options offered by industry.

The Army has requested $55 million in its FY 2025 budget to fund this new work while ERCA development is discontinued.