Raytheon Excalibur demonstrates precision in live-fire testing
The US Army and Raytheon successfully fired 10 precision-guided Excalibur projectiles during the final phase of compatibility testing at Yuma Proving Ground. This live-fire demonstration, funded by the US, Germany and supported by Raytheon-funded initial testing, marked the completion of a multi-phase assessment that verified Excalibur’s compatibility and performance with the PzH2000 selfpropelled howitzer.
During the testing, the PzH2000 fired 10 Excalibur projectiles at targets at ranges from nine to 48 kilometres. Every round delivered precision effects, striking within three metres of the targets, reaffirming warhead lethality and the required three fuze modes. Average miss distance at 48 kilometres was less than one metre. Additionally, the PzH2000 test demonstrated the projectile’s ability to manoeuvre from the ballistic trajectory to an offset target.
“These trials clearly demonstrate Excalibur’s ability to provide true preci- sion to the PzH2000, giving warfighters in multiple nations a superior advantage on the battlefield,” said Michelle Lohmeier, Vice President of Raytheon Missile Systems’ Land Warfare Systems product line. “The PzH2000 is one of many highly capable cannon artillery systems currently deployed, and now we’ve proven that it can fire the only mature, true precision solution available today.”