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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 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


Self-Propelled Howitzers FH 77BW M109A5 M109A6 Paladin M109A6 Paladin PIM Towed Guns M777A2

M982 Excalibur Specifications

Dimensions
Caliber: 155 millimeter
Performance
CEP: 5.03 meter
Max Range: 50,000 meter
Weight
Weight: 48 kilogram
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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M982 Excalibur News

There are 38 news between
6 Jan 2003 and 15 Jun 2014
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Sunday, June 15, 2014Raytheon Conducts First Live Fire Test of Excalibur S 155mm Projectile
Tuesday, May 20, 2014Excalibur Ib Completes US Army's Initial Operational Test and Evaluation
Tuesday, December 10, 2013German Army PzH 2000 Howitzer Test Fires Excalibur 155mm Artillery Projectile
Sunday, October 20, 2013Raytheon Excalibur Ib Completes Qualification Flight Testing
Tuesday, September 10, 2013US Army Awards Raytheon Contract for Second Lot of Excalibur Ib Artillery Round
Thursday, June 20, 2013Raytheon Unveils Excalibur with Dual GPS and Semi-Active Laser Guidance
Wednesday, February 20, 2013Excalibur Ib Precision Artillery Ready for Low-rate Initial Production
Wednesday, October 24, 2012Excalibur Ib Demonstrates Accuracy During Flight Tests
Monday, June 11, 2012US Marines Fire Excalibur Artillery Round from Record Range in Afghanistan
Tuesday, May 8, 2012Excalibur Projectile Fired from G6 Self-Propelled Howitzer

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