US Army to test new Precision Strike Missile

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US Army to test new Precision Strike Missile

The United States Army is scheduled to test a new Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) which will reportedly be capable of achieving greater ranges than current technology, in this month.

The PrSM will be a surface-to-surface, all weather, precision-strike guided missile, which will be developed and fielded to engage a variety of targets at extended ranges, according to the Army Acquisition Support Center.

 

US Army to test new Precision Strike Missile
M982 Excalibur 155mm round leaving the barrel of an M777 Howitzer

In addition to the PrSM, the Army recently demonstrated the new XM1113 Insensitive Munition High Explosive Rocket Assisted Projectile, and Excalibur M982 munitions, discharged from a prototype Extended Range Cannon Artillery self-propelled howitzer.

The goal is to streamline the process to deliver improved capabilities to the operational force. Modern weapon systems are critical to winning in multi-domain operations, meaning that we are able, as part of the Joint Force, to dominate land, air, sea, cyber, and space."

During the evaluation process, the XM1113 exceeded previous maximum ranges.

“The new projectile is slated to replace the Army's aging M549A1 rounds, which can reach about 30 km,” officials were quoted as saying by US Army Research Lab

Similarly, the improved Excalibur M982 Global Positioning System-guided projectile exhibited an increase in range beyond 40 km during the demonstrations.

"The Extended Range Cannon Artillery will push the envelope in terms of maximum range for our tactical units, meaning our division and brigade-level forces," said Brig Gen. John Rafferty, the LRPF CFT director.

"Our first Extended Range Cannon Artillery prototype will arrive at the end of the month, followed by Soldier feedback so we can improve later prototypes,” he added.

 

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