Raytheon and the U.S. Navy have successfully completed a precision-guided weapons launch test that can fire from howitzers and target moving targets,media reported. Recent tests of the Excalibur S by the two agencies have demonstrated not only their ability to switch from GPS to laser guidance to find targets, but also that their electronic devices and sensors can withstand the impact of bullets fired from guns.
Excalibur S is the latest version of Raytheon’s Excalibur series of smart projectors. Developed by Raytheon and BAE Systems Bofors, it uses Excalibur Ib’s GPS technology and combines a semi-active laser guide to enable it to target moving targets (land and sea) with a radius of less than 2 meters.
The Excalibur system is designed to be compatible with a wide range of artillery, increasing the range of a .52-caliber gun to more than 50 km, hitting or destroying a target in the first round. When the Excalibur S is first launched, it uses GPS for the initial targeting, then switches to the laser sensor and locks the external target beam.
Excalibur S in flight
According to Raytheon, an Excalibur can complete 10 conventional bullets, while Excalibur S is an upgrade to the previous Excalibur version.
“Using artillery to strike moving targets gives soldiers more flexibility,” said Sam Deneke, vice president of Raytheon Ground Combat Systems. Artillery is often used to strike fixed targets, but Excalibur expands the combat capability of artillery on the battlefield. “