Artillery vehicles are extremely flexible, and when the propellant is ignited in the sealing tube, the hot-expanded gas can shoot the projectile from the other side of the barrel and fly for a long distance. Recently,media reported that Raytheon Missile Defense Is Developing a new type of artillery using stamping propulsion, the range of the U.S. military’s active tactical 155 mm XM1155 artillery doubled to more than 100 kilometers (62 miles). Under a $7.9 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense, the company combines precision targeting technology with long range.
XM1155 shells are compatible with active 155 mm artillery (from Raytheon)
Although artillery technology has been around for more than 500 years, artillery remains a major component of the world’s military and navy. There is still considerable room for improvement in order to make the guidance of such weapons more precise and farther effective.
The XM1155, for example, is not only able to fly along the trajectory, but also has a punch propulsion engine to further expand its range. It is reported that the projectile was jointly developed by Thunder and the Netherlands TNO.
TNO is responsible for stamping the engine part, while Raytheon provides integration of the fuselage, guide head, combat section and other components. It says the XM1155 is suitable for land-based and sea-based systems and can operate in all terrains and climates.
More importantly, the new projectiles are compatible with all existing and future NATO standard 155 mm artillery. The munitions, based in part on Raytheon Excalibur, are guided with GPS and laser systems to strike targets over 50 km (31 miles) away.