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