Raytheon's new EXCALIBUR S precision-guided munition scored direct hits on moving targets in a recent US Navy test, the company announced on 5 February.

Testing validated the projectile's ability to survive the shock and stress of being fired from a howitzer, then transition from GPS to laser guidance and hit a moving target.

EXCALIBUR S uses the GPS technology developed for (and now in service on) the EXCALIBUR IB variant 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,” explained Sam Deneke, Vice President for Raytheon Land Warfare Systems. “Artillery is typically used to hit stationary objects, but EXCALIBUR S expands the capability of artillery on the battlefield.”

A true precision weapon, EXCALIBUR impacts at a radial miss distance of less than two metres from the target. Widely used by US and international artillery forces, EXCALIBUR has been fired more than 1,400 times in combat.

An EXCALIBUR round being fired during testing. (Photo: Raytheon)

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