The US Army has decided to end its research to resume development of a SLRC (long-range strategic cannon) supergun. started in the 70’s by Gerald Bull, here at Highwater in Estrie. However, the relaunch of the project almost four years ago was considered a priority task for the US Army at the time.
Bull was killed in Brussels in 1990 – presumably by the Mossad – when he was developing the largest cannon in history for Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, dubbed the “Doomsday Cannon” by the media.
The idea of a supergun was believed to have been completely overtaken by missile technology until the fall of 2018, when the Pentagon announced it would resume accelerated development of superguns.
Superguns: US Navy vs. US Army
American strategists believed that huge air cannons with a range of 1,850 km were the most practical and economical way to challenge Beijing’s dominance in the South China Sea, where the Chinese have established military bases on artificial islands with contested sovereignty. No need to maintain an extremely expensive and vulnerable naval force of aircraft carriers with escort ships. The superguns could have been used in the Philippines or in the territory of other American allies in the region.
But the US Navy absolutely did not want the military to be playing in their toes. The development and use of superguns meant less money for his ships. The Pentagon agreed with the Navy.
Ukrainian War and Superguns
At hearings before a congressional committee, a Pentagon representative told elected officials that the decision had been made to “eliminate layoffs” and “ensure we use taxpayers’ money effectively,” noting that continuing the project would cost billions of dollars dollars could have cost. The army would have had to create entirely new units and an organizational infrastructure to integrate them.
The crucial role that long-range artillery is currently playing in the war in Ukraine may prompt the US Army to try to persuade the Pentagon to reconsider its decision. SLRC superguns deployed in Germany could hit targets in the Moscow region with GPS-guided invulnerable shells.