First ERCA prototype nearly complete, US Army prepares for ‘shakedown’ testing

06 December 2019

The US Army is set to ‘accept delivery’ of its first Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA) prototype and move into the next testing phase.

Brigadier General John Rafferty, the service’s head of the Long Range Precision Fires Cross-Functional Team, spoke with Jane’s on 4 December about ERCA Increment 1 development, moving out with the government-designed autoloader and plans to field the weapon at the division level.

The first ERCA prototype is currently at the army’s Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey where the service is “tightening the bolts” and non-commissioned officers are conducting a soldier touchpoint to “work through a couple of design issues” that will help guide the designs of later prototypes, the one-star general explained.

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