Land Warfare

Excalibur S strikes moving targets

6th February 2020 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Raytheon’s new Excalibur S precision-guided munition has been successfully tested in test firings carried out by the US Navy.

The testing saw the munition strike moving targets, validating its 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.

Sam Deneke, Raytheon Land Warfare Systems vice president, said: ‘Using artillery to engage moving targets gives soldiers more flexibility. Artillery is typically used to hit stationary objects, but Excalibur S expands the capability of artillery on the battlefield.’

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