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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The U.S. Army appears to have accidentally revealed the first image of the newest Strategic Long Range Cannon in a set of presentation material revealed during US-UK Modernization Demonstration Event.

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The Strategic Long Range Cannon (SLRC) is comprised of a weapon, prime mover and trailer, projectile and propelling charge capable of delivering massed fires at strategic ranges for multi-domain operations.

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To put this into tactical perspective, Warsaw is only 780 miles from Moscow, so I am guessing that the former Warsaw Pact countries would be ideal customers for these cannons.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-02-25 03:33 PM | Reply

Shoot and scoot. How long to move away from the firing point? Interesting peek. Thx.

#2 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2020-02-25 04:05 PM | Reply

The king of battle...

#3 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2020-02-25 04:10 PM | Reply

I think Nazi Germany had plans to build one of these and haul it around on a train...
... is the USA now Nazi Germany?

/snark

#4 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-02-25 05:44 PM | Reply

LMAO - Link is from what appears to be a Chinese Twitter account too - " "Smiley Man".

#5 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-02-25 05:50 PM | Reply

#4 | Posted by GOnoles92

Snark yes but the Nazi Germans built a couple. There were a few built before WWII but during WWII I believe you mean the Schwerer Gustavs as they were the biggest I know of. They were a German 80-centimetre railway guns. That is over 31" shells. The max range was only 28ish miles though.

The Germans and Brits had a handful of railway guns on either side of the English channel. These were much smaller guns but capable of shooting across the channel at the narrowest point - Essentially between Dover in the UK and Calais in France.

#6 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-02-25 06:05 PM | Reply

And then there was Gerald Bull and 'Project Babylon' (see the links below) which was a 'supergun' being built by Saddam Hussein prior to the 1991 Gulf War. The final design specified a 500 foot long barrel with a bore of 36 inches. It was planned to be assembled, in sections, up the side of an open-pit mine, with the wall of the pit acting as the support for the barrel. Most of the sections for the first 'gun', disguised as oil field equipment, had already been delivered to Iraq and assembly was almost complete. Sections for a second barrel were in transit when the scheme was uncovered and the shipments seized by the British government. Shortly after that, Bull was assassinated in Brussels, Belgium, reportedly by a team of Massad agents sent by the Israeli government in an attempt to stop the gun from being completed and put into operation.

Anyway, when I first started to learn about this back in the 90's, it almost read like science fiction, but Bull, who was Canadian, had worked on many long range artillery projects around the globe for many different governments, including the United States, Canada, South Africa, and of course, Iraq. He was considered the world's leading artillery designer at the time.

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OCU

#7 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-02-25 09:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#7 | POSTED BY OCUSER

I remember reading about that in a book on Saddam a while back.

I think I get the idea of why such a weapon would be useful, but would someone mind explaining to me the actual benefit militarily? Military strategy is not one of my strong suits.

#8 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-02-25 09:09 PM | Reply

#8 This gun is vital for waning super powers that need to compensate for recent military embarrassments.

#9 | Posted by bored at 2020-02-25 11:34 PM | Reply

#8 | Posted by rstybeach11

No military purpose - it was supposed to bombard Israel, hence the direction it faced.

#10 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2020-02-26 09:17 AM | Reply

Shoot and scoot. How long to move away from the firing point? Interesting peek. Thx.

#2 | POSTED BY DOC_SARVIS AT 2020-02-25 04:05 PM | FLAG:

As fast as you can get a diesel engine started and the hydraulics can lift the legs. Same speed as most towed artillery around the planet.

#11 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-02-26 10:18 AM | Reply

#7 | POSTED BY OCUSER AT 2020-02-25 09:03 PM | FLAG:

There's an HBO movie on it that is well done.

#12 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-02-26 10:20 AM | Reply

No military purpose - it was supposed to bombard Israel, hence the direction it faced.

#10 | POSTED BY HELIUMRAT AT 2020-02-26 09:17 AM | FLAG:

That'd be a military purpose, strategic destruction. People justified it as a weapon to kill Bull, but it was impossible to use as a weapon of war. It took hours between shots. From Bull's calculations, a single bomb landing within a mile was enough to put the barrel out of alignment and it would self-destruct if fired that way. It had potential as a low cost launch platform, that was about it. Saddam didn't seem like the kind of idiot the believe it'd be a useful weapon, he had military experience.

#13 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-02-26 10:22 AM | Reply

It seems an unguided projectile could be easily knocked off course by a lateral wind. Even the new rail guns are accurate to only 67 or so miles.

#14 | Posted by goatman at 2020-02-27 10:19 AM | Reply

Lots of guided artillery shell technology has been developed. The M982 Excalibur round is guided. It's accurate to 5 meters at 25 miles away.

#15 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-02-27 01:02 PM | Reply

and you can shoot those from a lot of different platforms, including legacy M198 guns from 1979.

#16 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-02-27 01:03 PM | Reply

"New U.S. Army super cannon has 1,000+ mile range"

That's a nice feature.

If they overshoot your moms face, it still might hit her ass.

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-02-27 01:05 PM | Reply

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