Raytheon successfully test fired the dual-mode GPS- and laser-guided Excalibur S for the first time.
Although the Excalibur S was initialized with a GPS target location, it scored a direct hit on a different, or offset, target after being terminally guided with a laser designator.
The new variant of the GPS-guided Excalibur Ib projectile comes with a semi-active laser targeting capability or laser spot tracker (LST).
Michelle Lohmeier, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems' Land Warfare Systems product line said "It gives the war fighter a precision weapon that accommodates target location errors, allows continued target attack when GPS is degraded or denied, and hit targets on the move at extended ranges."
Raytheon plans a live fire demonstration of the Excalibur N5 later this year.
Raytheon Company has initiated an internally funded program to enhance its combat-proven 155mm Excalibur GPS-guided projectile with a new guidance and navigation unit (GNU) with a semi-active laser (SAL) end-game targeting capability. Addition of the SAL seeker will allow the munition to attack moving targets, attack targets that have re-positioned after firing, or change the impact point to avoid casualties and collateral damage
Raytheon has fired eight precision-guided Excalibur Ib projectiles during qualification flight tests. All eight rounds landed within five meters of the target, meeting stringent test objectives
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