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M982 Excalibur  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2007
Total Production: 7,474
Unitary Cost: USD$228,000
Total Cost: USD$1.7 billion
Also Known As: Excalibur Block Ia-1, Excalibur Block Ia-2, M982E1 Excalibur Ib and XM982
Origin: Sweden and United States of America
Corporations: Raytheon and United Defense
Parent System: M982 Excalibur
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2007
Total Production: 7,474
Total Cost: USD$1.7 billion
Family Members: Excalibur EST, Excalibur N5 and Excalibur S
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Description: The M982 Excalibur, XM982 development designation, is a family of modular 155mm projectiles that incorporate three unique payloads (64 DPICM submunitions, two SFM submunitions or one unitary warhead). DPICM (Dual Purpose Improved Conventional Munitions) is used against personnel, materiel, light armored targets and other area targets. SFM (Sensor Fuzed Munition) will be used to engage self-propelled howitzers and armored targets. The unitary warhead will be used against various personnel, equipment and building in urban or complex area. Excalibur projectiles can engage targets up to 50 kilometers at 20 meters accuracy Circular Error Probable (CEP).

The Excalibur's basic guidance system is based upon the Global Positioning System (GPS) and Inertial Navigation Systems (INS). It is compatible with current and future 155mm-artillery systems such as Paladin, M198, M777 and the cancelled FCS-cannon. Deployed fire support units yield 3-to-6 times more effective rounds using Excalibur, rather than dumb munitions. Its near vertical descent feature is specially suitable for urban warfare due to limited space available between city structures. The Excalibur family also includes or may include in the near future variants fitted with mission-specific alternative guidance systems.

The first XM982 Excalibur artillery shell fire test was conducted in early November 2004. The shell hit the target area less than 3.4 meters from the aim point located at approximately 20 kilometers from the artillery gun, the new XM777 howitzer, which fired Excalibur. Its precision strike capability represents lower collateral damage since its fielding in 2007 with the US Army's 25th Infantry Division which is also equipped with the Stryker vehicle family. In June 2006, the US Army awarded Raytheon a $42.7 million contract for fiscal year 2006 production of 335 Excalibur projectiles and related test articles and services. Excalibur's accuracy was set to 4.5 meters after 12 successful guided flights. In 2011, the program's scope was scaled down from 30,000+ to only 7,474 units to be procured.

The Excalibur Block Ia-1 is a production variant qualified for ranges of 15 miles or 24 kilometers. The Excalibur Block Ia-2 is qualified for ranges of 26 miles or 40 kilometers. The Raytheon M982E1 Excalibur Block Ib is a lower-cost, higher-reliability alternative to the Block Ia round.

M982 Excalibur Applications

Artillery Systems FH 77BW K9 Thunder M109A5 M109A6 Paladin M109A7 M777 58-caliber M777A2 PzH 2000 Cannons & Gear 155mm L52

M982 Excalibur Specifications

Caliber: 155 millimeter
CEP: 5.03 meter
Max Range: 50,000 meter (27.0 nautical mile)
Weight: 48 kilogram (106 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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M982 Excalibur News

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Friday, April 10, 2020FMS: Netherlands Requests 199 Excalibur Projectiles
Wednesday, February 5, 2020US Navy Excalibur S Projectile Demonstrates Moving Target Engagement Capability
Sunday, October 20, 2019Indian Army Deploys Precision-Guided Excalibur Artillery Shells
Tuesday, April 30, 2019US Army Orders M982A1 Excalibur Ib Containerized Projectiles Through 2024
Tuesday, October 9, 2018Excalibur Shaped Trajectory Artillery Projectile Completes Development
Tuesday, September 8, 2015Netherlands Buys Excalibur 155mm Artillery Rounds for its PzH2000 Howitzers
Friday, August 21, 2015Excalibur Ib Projectile Compatible with M198 Howitzer
Wednesday, May 6, 2015US Army Fires Excalibur Ib Projectile from M109A2/A3 Howitzer in First Time Test
Thursday, July 31, 2014Excalibur Ib Enters Full Rate Production
Sunday, June 15, 2014Raytheon Conducts First Live Fire Test of Excalibur S 155mm Projectile

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