US Army testet "Extended Range Cannon Artillery" (ERCA)

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US Army testet "Extended Range Cannon Artillery" (ERCA)

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The Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA) Autoloader is being tested for first time at YPG.

The ERCA program has been testing various components of its system for about four years. The newest component undergoing testing is a five-round limited capacity autoloader that holds five projectiles and five propellant charges.

Testing of the limited capacity autoloader is being conducted from a prototype M109A7 which has been modified and integrated with the ERCA Armament System.
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AUSA 2018: US Army Extended Range Cannon Artillery programme eyes 130 km range
The US Army aims, via its Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA) programme, for howitzers to reach out to 130 km or farther in range, and several technology solutions are now emerging.

The army's Long-Range Precision Fires (LRPF) Cross-Functional Team recently conducted a 'deep dive' into the service's LRPF portfolio to evaluate all the investments for the next five-year funding plan, Colonel John Rafferty, director of the LRPF Cross-Functional Team, told reporters on 10 October at the Association of the United States Army's (AUSA's) annual conference.
"I think there are a couple of technologies out there that allow us to get to 120-130 [km]," Col Rafferty said.

"Ramjet is one," he said, referring to air-breathing jet engines to assist the artillery shells in reaching longer ranges. South Korea's Poongsan and Norway's Nammo, for example, have each recently revealed 155 mm solid-fuel ramjet propelled artillery shells.

The army may also explore trading off payload and lethality for longer ranges, an army official said, but noted that the service is still exploring what targets it would need to strike at that range and what trade-offs it might be willing to make.

The ERCA is a wider and longer-term effort to improve howitzers, and aside from range it will also consider technologies gleaned through the army's 155 mm Cannon-Delivered Area Effects Munition (C-DAEM) project.

C-DAEM is taking an incremental approach to new development, "focused on rapidly fielding disruptive capabilities while fully replacing the utility of the DPCIM", Peter Burke, deputy project manager for combat ammunition systems within the US Army's Program Executive Office for Ammunition, told Jane's in May.
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Army picks 6 to work on autoloader for extended-range cannon
The Army has picked six companies to work on concepts and designs for an autoloader for the service’s future Extended-Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA) program currently under development, according to a Jan. 24 Army Futures Command statement.

While the first ERCA cannons will be fielded in fiscal 2023, the goal is to begin fielding the system with an autoloader just one year later.

The companies — Actuate (formerly Aegis Systems, Inc.); Apptronik, Inc.; Carnegie Robotics LLC; Pratt & Miller Engineering; Neya Systems, LLC and Hivemapper, Inc. — will work under the Army Capability Accelerator and the Army Applications Laboratory (AAL) as part of the Field Artillery Autonomous Resupply (FAAR) “cohort” and will come up with novel, outside-of-the-box concepts for the autoloader.
Among the companies selected, Actuate specializes in artificial intelligence focusing on computer vision software that turns any security camera into an “intruder- and threat-detecting smart camera," the release states.

Apptronik is a robotics company spun out of the Human Centered Robotics Lab at the University of Texas at Austin.

Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Robotics specializes in robotic sensors and platforms for defense, agriculture, mining, infrastructure and energy applications and was founded out of Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center.

Pratt & Miller’s focus has been on addressing technology challenges in the motorsports, defense and mobility industries.

Neya Systems, also from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is another robotics company focused on advanced unmanned systems, off-road autonomy and self-driving vehicle technologies.

Through mapping, visualization and analytic tools, Hivemapper uncovers changes normally missed by the human eye and uses that technology to assess damage after disasters, manage construction and build situational intelligence during military operations.
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