Picatinny Extended Range Cannon Artillery autoloader begins testing

After a successful live-fire test of the U.S. Army’s Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA) limited-capacity autoloader at Yuma Proving Ground in June 2019, the Picatinny engineers who developed it have refined a faster autoloader and have succeeded in conducting its initial trials here, December 15-22.

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The autoloader for the Extended Range Cannon Artillery is intended to speed up the rate of fire for greater lethality. In the bottom right section of this photo, the Army Vice Chief of Staff, Gen. Joseph M. Martin, observes the second demonstration of the Extended Range Cannon Artillery autoloader by observing the machinations through an ERCA opening. The demonstration was held at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. (Picture source: U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center).

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