Raytheon Excalibur Ib completes qualification flight testing
Raytheon Company fired 84 precision-guided Excalibur Ib all up rounds during qualification flight tests at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona. During the testing, Excalibur Ib exhibited exceptional accuracy, with the majority of the rounds landing within two meters of the target. The tests also certified stringent performance and safety requirements.
“Excalibur achieved new firsts during qualification testing,” said Lt Colonel Josh Walsh, the US Army Excalibur programme manager. “We demonstrated lethal effects at 50.7 km range from the Swedish Archer weapon system while the US gun systems reached 40.54 km – exceeding objective requirements.”
The Excalibur Ib is a precision-guided artillery projectile based on Raytheon’s combat-proven Excalibur Ia-1 and Ia-2. Excalibur is a 155mm precision-guided, extended-range projectile that uses GPS precision guidance to provide accurate, first round, fire-foreffect capability in any environment.
“Excalibur Ib will provide the warfighter with the most accurate, extended-range artillery option,” said Michelle Lohmeier, Vice President of Raytheon Missile Systems’ Land Warfare Systems product line. “This updated round will provide the soldier in the field with greater range, increased accuracy and less collateral damage.”