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
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
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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