The U.S. Army is preparing to select an existing field artillery battalion to receive the first Extended Range Cannon Artillery system, according to Brig. Gen. John Rafferty, who is in charge of the service's long-range precision fires modernization efforts.
Fielding will take place in 2023, but the Army will have to announce the unit with enough time to carry out a yearlong operational assessment, he said at the Association of the U.S. Army's Global Force Next virtual event on March 16. The assessment will be critical for working through the operational concept for how we fight with general support artillery fires and a division, he stressed.
At the same time, the Army is synchronizing the delivery of ammunition to include propellant and course-correcting fuses for the operational assessment, he added.
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An explosive that fires bullets from a firearm.
Propellants are burned or otherwise decomposed to produce the propellant gas.