RAYTHEON TO DEVELOP RAMJET POWERED LONG RANGE SHELL FOR US MILITARY’s 155 MM CANNONS !
Defensive US contractor field-tested a tactical engine to increase the range of artillery shells.
Despite the existence of missile UAVs and laser weapons, artillery still remains the mainstay of support for ground forces.. The main disadvantage of its guns is the relatively small range of damage, due to the ballistic trajectory of the projectile after it leaves the barrel..
To solve this problem, the US Army ordered Northrop Grumman to develop a special solid-fuel ramjet engine..
Engineered version of the Solid Fuel RamJet ramjet not only increases the flight range, but also improves the flight characteristics of the projectile, preventing it from slowing down due to air resistance. In addition, SFRJ allows you to correct its movement in flight, increasing accuracy, as well as the effectiveness of hitting a moving target..
The first tests were carried out on long-range 115-mm artillery shells. Tests have confirmed that the technology significantly expands the range of American field artillery in any terrain and in difficult weather conditions..
Recall that the research unit of the US Army is also working on a prototype of a strategic artillery weapon with a firing range of up to 1,850 km..
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: Northrop Grumman Corporation, ww1