The Outpost

ERCA autoloader’s speed tested at YPG

- By Ana Henderson By Mark Schauer

The Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA) weapon system has demonstrat­ed it can get the job done. In previous tests and demonstrat­ions, the ERCA has fired twice as far as any currently fielded Army cannon and has proven to fire pre-loaded rounds from a limited capacity autoloader magazine 2-3 times as fast as a gun crew. The autoloader’s speed was demonstrat­ed once again during a test March 30 at Yuma Proving Ground (YPG).

The autoloader, designed by the Army Futures Command’s (AFC) Armament Center at Picatinny Arsenal, performs cannon loading tasks mechanical­ly – setting the fuze, loading the projectile, propellant

What has outstandin­g offensive and defensive capability and represents the aweing tip of the spear in a major land war?

It’s the M1A2 System Enhancemen­t Package (SEP) version 3 (v3) main battle tank, which wrapped up extensive coldweathe­r testing at U.S. Army Cold Regions Test Center (CRTC) this winter to ensure it functions as it should wherever in the world it could be called on to serve.

Since testing at the Department of Defense’s lone extreme cold natural environmen­t testing

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the Extended Range Cannon artillery autoloader’s speed was demonstrat­ed during a test March 30 at u.s. army yuma proving Ground. (photo by ana Henderson)
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