The US Army wants a powerful cannon that can hit Chinese warships in the South China Sea from 1,000

© US Army/Staff Sgt. Nelia Chappell

The US Army wants a cannon that can fire a round over 1,000 miles, with the aim to blow a hole in Chinese warships in the South China Sea should a conflict occur, according to Army senior leadership.

"You can imagine a scenario where the Navy feels that it cannot get into the South China Sea because of Chinese naval vessels, or whatever," Secretary of the Army Mark Esper revealed Wednesday, "We can - from a fixed location, on an island or some other place - engage enemy targets, naval targets, at great distances and maintain our standoff and yet open the door, if you will, for naval asset....

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