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DVIDS – News – US Army Yuma Proving Ground Hosts Advanced Artillery Demonstration

It has become well known that the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) tests are actively supporting six of Army Futures Command’s cross-functional teams (CFTs) that are building the Army’s future strength.

In mid-September, YPG held a demonstration showcasing the use of America’s most advanced 155mm artillery ammunition with the South Korean K9A1 Thunder self-propelled howitzer and K10 ammunition resupply vehicle.

Both platforms are manufactured by Hanwha Defense Corporation (HDC), South Korea’s largest defense contractor. Recently, the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with HDC to evaluate the feasibility, performance, and capabilities of carrying and firing U.S. munitions by the two platforms .

“The purpose of our partnership is to verify the compatibility of our ammunition with these two vehicles,” said Sam Perez, who is CRADA’s lead investigator. “We’ve been working on this effort for a year and a half to make sure we can safely fire the ammunition from these two vehicles.”

On the day of the demonstration, approximately 60 visitors from across the military and several friendly foreign nations watched the K9A1 undergo loading from the K10 and then engage in multiple realistic firing missions at two adjacent gun positions. The K9A1 has demonstrated the ability to fire and trot, in which a self-propelled howitzer fires artillery, then immediately departs to another location to evade possible counterfire from an opponent. Weapons operators aboard the howitzer also demonstrated the platform’s ability to fire three rounds in 16 seconds and fire six rounds in 45 seconds. The K9A1 fired both XM1113 and M795 155mm rounds, the former with rocket assistance. The testers also demonstrated the K10’s ability to transfer US artillery ammunition and the inert Korean modular load system to the K9A1.

“Those are the things in CRADA’s work with Hanwha that they wanted to demonstrate in terms of capabilities,” said Anthony Sebasto, acting director of the Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center at Picatinny Arsenal. “While the systems were there, they also wanted the opportunity to show the United States and other foreign countries the capability of their system.”

Preparing for the demo took months of planning and coordinating testing, even before a pre-demonstration test in July that involved all the scenarios visitors saw in September. Weapons operators from YPG and South Korea both participated.

“We conducted safety testing prior to this demonstration event to collect data to prove crew compatibility and safety as they conduct shipboard operations,” said Jered Ford, YPG Artillery and Branch Chief. Mine. “It’s not easy working on the technical testing side with the planning and preparations involved in addition to the logistics of many visitors meeting at a firing position.”

“There were several tests that we had to do just to ensure the safety of the South Korean crew who shot the man,” added Jonathan Bazua, the YPG test officer who led the event. “There was a lot of pre-demo work that needed to be done to accomplish the actual demo safely. You have to sort out a lot of small details to make everything work. »

Following the demo, DEVCOM staff gave high marks to the support they received from YPG.

“We received excellent support from YPG staff in planning this event,” Perez said. “We really appreciate YPG’s capabilities in all different types of ammo testing. YPG is our primary testing ground for indirect fire ammunition.

“What’s really important is that Yuma Proving Ground and all test sites under ATEC have safety procedures so we can make sure we’ve had a safe demonstration for the test crews and all the people involved,” added Sebasto. “They were very timely in allowing this to happen on schedule.”

The K9A1 is used by nine other nations besides South Korea, and more may acquire the platform in the future.

“There will be opportunities for countries that acquire the K9A1 to see that American ammunition is compatible with the system,” Perez said. “This is just the beginning of our collaborative efforts. There is potential for more demonstrations like this in the future at Yuma Proving Ground.

Date taken: 10.05.2022
Date posted: 10.05.2022 20:03
Story ID: 430749

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