Raytheon Ex­cal­ibur Ib com­pletes qual­i­fi­ca­tion flight test­ing

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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.”

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