The Raytheon corporation has been awarded a $266 million US Army modification
contract that expands the combat capabilities of the Excalibur program to meet
the requirements of both US Army and Swedish Army.
This modification contract merges the guidance system developed by Raytheon of
to date Excalibur program with the airframe concepts developed by Bofors Defence,
a Swedish subsidiary of United Defense, during the US-Swedish TCM program.
The revised 155mm precision-guided projectile Excalibur program intents to meet
the needs of the Future Combat System Cannon (FCS-Cannon), a self-propelled
howitzer-like vehicle under development by United Defense. The FCS-Cannon is the
result of Crusader program cancellation and by the end of this decade could
begin to replace the M109 howitzer in the US Army inventory.
The new Excalibur projectiles will achieve the US Army Objective Force indirect
fire requirements, and also increasing capabilities of near-term tube-artillery
platforms. The Swedish Army will get back enhanced capabilities to its artillery
systems. Sweden funds $57 million of the Excalibur program.
Excalibur is a member of the family of precision guided projectiles under
development at Raytheon. The other members are the US Navy's 127mm Extended
Range Guided Munition (ERGM) and the 155mm Advanced Gun System (AGS) Long Range
Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP). The AGS, under development at United Defense, is
designed to the next generation US battleships, DDX, CGX and maybe LCS.
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