France en­ter­ing fi­nal qual­i­fi­ca­tion phase for Nex­ter Mu­ni­tions


France is en­ter­ing the fi­nal qual­i­fi­ca­tion phase for Nex­ter Mu­ni­tions’ and Jung­hans’ first ar­tillery sys­tem with tra­jec­tory cor­rec­tion. Af­ter the suc­cess­ful pre­ci­sion fir­ings in 2011, the DGA no­ti­fied Nex­ter Mu­ni­tions/Jung­hans T2M/Zo­diac Data Sys­tems (Zo­diac Aero­space Group) con­sor­tium of the SPACIDO sys­tem qual­i­fi­ca­tion con­tract.

SPACIDO is a tra­jec­tory cor­rec­tion sys­tem for ar­tillery shells af­ter fir­ing. SPACIDO is in­de­pen­dent of the GPS and is a com­pletely stand-alone sys­tem that uses real shell ve­loc­i­ties dur­ing the first min­utes of flight us­ing the Dop­pler radar al­ready fit­ted on ex­ist­ing ar­tillery. The tra­jec­tory is cor­rected by the in-flight ex­ten­sion of an air-brake in­te­grated into a multi-func­tion rocket.

SPACIDO is com­pat­i­ble with all ex­ist­ing 155mm and 105mm ar­tillery and am­mu­ni­tion. SPACIDO in­creases fir­ing pre­ci­sion by a fac­tor of 5. This dras­ti­cally re­duces the amount of am­mu­ni­tion nec­es­sary to process a threat, and at the same time re­duces risks

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