Excalibur Program Scores Another Success


Released on Monday, June 7, 2004
United States of America
M777A2
M982 Excalibur
GPS - Global Positioning System
IMU - Inertial Measurement Unit
United Defense announced that its XM982 Excalibur 155mm long range guided-precision artillery projectile scored another success during a test series carried out at the US Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona.

The tests proved Raytheon and Bofors Defence tactical electronic design of the Excalibur artillery projectile. The howitzer employed during the test series was an XM777. The guidance system consisting of a GPS and Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), its structure, and the navigation and control sections performed as predicted after a gun-launch.

The test included a soft recovery, where the projectile releases a parachute during flight to allow recovery and post-flight analysis of projectile components.

Other tests made recently included analysis of Excalibur's warhead lethality, structural integrity, insensitive munitions characterization, projectile functionality after launch, and integrity of the new canard cover retention system design.

The Excalibur 155mm guided artillery projectile is continuing to meet the US Army requirements for its intended fielding in 2006. Later this year, it is scheduled the first live fire test that will help the US Army to take a decision on fielding the Excalibur to Stryker brigades in 2006.

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