The Army engineers are working on a new supergun with a 1,000-mile range that could potentially hit targets in the South China Sea from a gun pit on land, Army Secretary Mark Esper told reporters on Wednesday.
“You can imagine a scenario where the Navy feels that it cannot get into the South China Sea because of Chinese naval vessels, or whatever,” Esper spoke during a media roundtable. “We can – from a fixed location, on an island or some other place – engage enemy targets, naval targets, at great distances and maintain our standoff and yet open the door, if you will, for naval assets or Marine assets.”
The tests with extra long-range artillery are part of the Army’s new look at hypersonic technology, which the U.S. military originally decided not to weaponize years ago. The main conclusion which is now behind this new experiments is it that the U.S. Military needs to outrange enemy guns.
“You want to be outside the range that they can hit you,” Esper said for Task & Purpose.
“Why was the spear developed? Because the other guy had a sword. A spear gives you range. Why was the sling developed? Because the spear closed off the range of the sword. You want to always have a standoff where you can strike without being struck back. That’s what extended-range cannon artillery gives us, case in point vis-à-vis the Russians.”