Saturday, April 11, 2020

Stand-To.

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Stand-To. American long range cannon. A thousand mile range! [sixteen hundred kilometers!]

From Popular Mechanics magazine the article: 

"The Army’s 1,000-Mile Long Range Cannon Is Coming Together"

Consider within context relatively recent big-bore long-range cannon:

1. The Paris Gun. German WW1.

"The Paris Gun . . . was the name given to a type of German long-range siege gun, several of which were used to bombard Paris during World War I."

2. Heavy Gustaf. German. WW2.

Schwerer Gustav . . . was a German 80-centimetre (31.5 in) railway gun. It was developed in the late 1930s by Krupp in R├╝genwalde as siege artillery for the explicit purpose of destroying the main forts of the French Maginot Line"

3. Mortar Karl. German. WW2.

The MASSIVE 60cm [twenty-three inches] German Siege Mortar Karl

"During World War 2, the Germans were famous for designing and producing mega war artillery. One of the most notable German Mortar Guns was the Mortar Karl, an imposing machine that could fire shells of up to 2170kg [four thousand seven-hundred pounds] and were 60cm in diameter."

4. V-3. German. WW2.

"The V-3 . . . was a German World War II large-calibre gun working on the multi-charge principle whereby secondary propellant charges are fired to add velocity to a projectile."

5. Babylon. Iraqi.

Project Babylon:

"Project Babylon was a project with unknown objectives commissioned by then Iraqi president Saddam Hussein to build a series of 'superguns' . . . There were most likely four different devices in the program."

Future plans:

"Very large cannons, which would be capable of being elevated and trained, were also planned. The first was to have a bore of 350 mm (13.8 inches) and a barrel length of about 30 metres (100 feet), and it was expected to have a range of up to 1000 kilometers (about 625 miles)"

Comments:

* Consider as an effective weapon not merely range. Think that combination of RANGE + ACCURACY + RATE OF FIRE + LETHALITY!!

*  Cannon such as the German Gustaf awesome granted. Also requiring an immense number of troops [4,000] to maintain and employ in combat. A relatively small number of rounds having been fired the barrel needing replacement.

Stand-To as proposed a prototype will be ready to go by 2023. US Army not much time left. Good luck with that! Each round as fired the cost of which about a half-million $USD. Good luck with that too. Super!

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