Raytheon to deliver projectiles and Excalibur 155mm 1b precision-guided munitions to U.S. Army
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|Wednesday, November 26, 2014 10:38 AM|
|Raytheon to deliver projectiles and Excalibur 155mm 1b precision-guided munitions to U.S. Army|
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a $15,050,856 contract to acquire 213 projectiles under option five Excalibur 155mm increment 1b production option and 24 containers for the U.S. Army. Estimated completion date is April 29, 2016. Work will be performed at various locations throughout the United States, including Arizona, California, Iowa, Ohio, Missouri and Massachusetts, as well as overseas in Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Based on the combat-proven Excalibur Ia-1 and Ia-2 projectiles, Excalibur Ib is a 155mm precision-guided, extended-range projectile that uses GPS precision guidance to offer soldiers an accurate, first-round, fire-for-effect capability in any environment. The projectile follows a simplified development approach compared with Excalibur Ia, and addresses the army's objectives for improved reliability at significantly reduced costs. The M982E1 aims for the same performance with fewer parts, in order to reduce the shells’ cost and improve the initial shell’s existing 10% external link unreliability rate.