Raytheon Ex­cal­ibur demon­strates pre­ci­sion in live-fire test­ing

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

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.”

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