OR­BITAL COM­PLETES FIRST PRO­DUC­TION LOT AC­CEP­TANCE TEST­ING OF PRE­CI­SION GUID­ANCE KIT

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Or­bital ATK has suc­cess­fully com­pleted the first pro­duc­tion lot ac­cep­tance test­ing of its 155mm Ar­tillery Pre­ci­sion Guid­ance Kit (PGK) at an undis­closed lo­ca­tion. Dur­ing test­ing, the kit demon­strated a me­dian ac­cu­racy of less than 10 m, in ad­di­tion to pass­ing all safety and re­li­a­bil­ity re­quire­ments. Or­bital ATK De­fense Sys­tems Group ar­ma­ment sys­tems di­vi­sion Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager Dan Ol­son said: “Ex­ten­sive, rig­or­ous test­ing con­tin­ues to prove the ma­tu­rity of PGK tech­nol­ogy in terms of re­li­a­bil­ity, per­for­mance and safety.” Or­bital ATK De­fense Sys­tems Group Pres­i­dent Mike Kahn said: “Our pre­ci­sion guid­ance ex­per­tise is mak­ing a dif­fer­ence across mul­ti­ple plat­forms for our cus­tomers. PGK is a guid­ance fuse de­signed to fit within the fuse well of 155mm high-ex­plo­sive ar­tillery pro­jec­tiles and can trans­form ex­ist­ing, con­ven­tional ar­tillery pro­jec­tiles into pre­ci­sion weapons that can sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce dis­per­sion to 30 m or less, en­abling ac­cu­rate tar­get­ing.”

The com­pany will con­duct two ad­di­tional lot ac­cep­tance tests, which will con­firm pro­duc­tion con­sis­tency while pop­u­lat­ing a re­li­a­bil­ity data­base that pro­vides in­for­ma­tion which leads to prod­uct im­prove­ments over the course of pro­duc­tion. PGK is a guid­ance fuse de­signed to fit within the fuse well of 155mm high-ex­plo­sive ar­tillery pro­jec­tiles and can trans­form ex­ist­ing, con­ven­tional ar­tillery pro­jec­tiles into pre­ci­sion weapons that can sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce dis­per­sion to 30m or less, en­abling ac­cu­rate tar­get­ing. Com­pat­i­ble with ex­ist­ing 155mm ar­tillery stock­piles, the kit fea­tures a fixed-ca­nard guid­ance and con­trol ap­proach with gun-hard­ened elec­tron­ics and a self-gen­er­ated power sup­ply, and also in­cor­po­rates a ‘fail safe’ op­tion, which pre­vents PGK-equipped ar­tillery from det­o­nat­ing if it fails to get close enough to the tar­get. The kit suc­cess­fully proved its ca­pa­bil­ity to de­liver pre­cise fire when it was used by the US Army and Marine Corps ar­tillery units for train­ing and tac­ti­cal oper­a­tions in Afghanistan in March 2013.

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