Last Friday, March 8, the US Army announced the cancellation of its Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA) program due to insurmountable technical challenges.

This decision marks a setback in the Army’s quest for enhanced long-range artillery capabilities.

Engineering Hurdles Plague ERCA Program

The Army is scrapping its new self-propelled long-range cannon program, ERCA, after running into many engineering problems during testing. Launched in 2018 with big promises, the idea was to beef up the Paladin howitzer with a super-long barrel that could fire farther than ever before.

The service subsequently built 20 practice cannons: two for destructive testing and the rest to outfit an entire battalion.