10 February 2014
The US Army and Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) said they have successfully fired 30 GPS-guided Excalibur Ib projectiles during an extensive first article test series at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona.
This test series validated performance and reliability of the Excalibur Ib production configuration, and moves the program toward full-rate production.
“Excalibur gives the warfighter a pinpoint precision tool to eliminate enemy threats and is the only combat-proven 155mm precision-guided projectile in the world TODAY,” said Lt. Col. Josh Walsh, US Army Excalibur program manager. “This weapon continues to prove itself in testing but, more importantly, it continues to prove itself on the battlefield.”
During the testing, gunners fired Excalibur Ib projectiles from the Paladin and M777 howitzers to various targets at ranges from 7 to 38 kilometers. Average miss distance for the 30 projectiles was 1.6 meters.
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