US Army develops a super gun with a range of over 1,800 km

In 2017, the US Army created a Multi-Functional Teams (CFT) group, whose mission is to rapidly advance promising technologies to create new types of weapons. One of the units is developing Long Range Precision Fires - long-range artillery systems for destroying important enemy targets. For example, a strategic long-range cannon capable of firing at a distance of up to 1850 km.

The program, aptly named "Strategic Long-Range Cannon", is already being implemented. CFT spokesman Colonel John Rafferty told Defense News that the US Army intends to test its prototype by 2023. The first tests are to take place at the Dahlgren naval support base, where the naval artillery range is located.

Rafferty also noted that a number of technological issues will have to be resolved before a fully functional version of the gun appears. For example, the tests at Dahlgren will test ballistic calculations. However, ballistics is just the tip of the iceberg. One of the big problems is how not to make cannon shots too expensive, as it became with the Advanced Gun System.

As conceived by the command of the US Army, the main targets of such long-range guns should be remote military installations on the coast, protected by coastal defense and air defense systems, similar to those that China is creating in the South China Sea.