The cannon-launched projectile can now engage moving targets
Raytheon’s new Excalibur S precision-guided munition scored direct hits on moving targets in a U.S. Navy test, say the firm.
“Testing validated the projectile’s ability to survive the shock and stress of a howitzer firing, then transition from GPS to laser guidance and hit a moving target. Excalibur S uses the Excalibur Ib variant’s GPS technology and incorporates a semi-active laser seeker to engage mobile land and maritime targets at comparable ranges. Existing Ib projectiles can be upgraded with Excalibur S capabilities.”
“Using artillery to engage moving targets gives soldiers more flexibility,” said Sam Deneke, Raytheon Land Warfare Systems vice president.
“Artillery is typically used to hit stationary objects, but Excalibur S expands the capability of artillery on the battlefield.”
The firm say that Excalibur is “a true precision weapon”, impacting at a radial miss distance of less than two meters from the target. Widely used by U.S. and international artillery forces, Excalibur has, say the firm, been fired more than 1,400 times in combat.