The US Army has confirmed that Raytheon's Excalibur Increment b (Ib) precision guided artillery round is compatible with the M198 howitzer when used with the Modular Artillery Charge System.
The US Army's Excalibur Program Office determined the compatabilty on previous Friday in a press release. Further, the compatibility allows allied military forces to use the 155 mm precision munition when firing the M198 howitzer.
Excalibur extends the M198's reach to 31 miles (50 kilometers) and provides an all-weather strike within 6 1/2 feet (2 meters) of the target.
"Many of our international partners have an urgent need to address vital security interests, and Excalibur lb meets that need," said Mark Hokeness, Raytheon's Excalibur program director.
"This eliminates the time and cost of further compatibility testing in the M198 howitzer." Hokeness added.
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
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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