The Army’s Big, Dumb Guns Aren’t Dumb Anymore (and Now They Can Shoot Down Planes) – Popular Mechanics

mohamed naguib military base, egypt – a m109 paladin from alpha battery, 2nd battalion, 114th field artillery regiment, 155th armored brigade combat team, task force spartan, fires a high explosive round during the combined arms lived fire exercise, part of bright star 18 us army photo by staff sgt matthew keeler

U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Keeler/DVIDS

  • A U.S. Army Paladin howitzer shot down a low-flying cruise missile.
  • The project is part of an effort to repurpose existing weapons to do new things.
  • U.S. Army guns, which were originally designed to rain explosive shells on the enemy, can now engage low-flying aircraft, cruise missiles, and likely drones.

    A U.S. Army howitzer successfully engaged a simulated cruise missile, shooting it down with a projectile traveling at Mach 5. The howitzer crew was assisted by a new U.S. Air Force battle management system. The test is the result of a Pentagon program designed to take existing weapon systems and modify them to take on new and important roles.

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    The intercept took place at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. In a key test for the Air Force’s Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS),