New range-doubling GPS-guided Army artillery smart munitions destroy targets as far away as 40 miles

April 3, 2020
Extended Range Cannon Artillery preserves GPS-guided qualities of the Excalibur shell, and extends attack ranges from 19 miles to almost 44 miles.

YUMA PROVING GROUND, Ariz. – U.S. Army field artillery experts have taken a new step toward redefining land-attack tactics and paving the way toward a new warfare era in long-range fires. Kris Osborn at Warrior Maven reports. Continue reading original article

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3 April 2020 -- Testing last month at the Army's Yuma Proving Ground in the Arizona desert showed a precision-guided artillery shell that destroyed an enemy target from nearly 40 miles away during a recent live-fire exercise.

The demonstration of the emerging Long Range Precision Fires program had an Army 155-millimeter howitzer that blasted a Raytheon Excalibur GPS-guided artillery round out to ranges twice that of what existing artillery weapons.

The new smart munitions weapon in development, called Extended Range Cannon Artillery, not only preserves the GPS-guided precision attack options of the Excalibur ammunition, but also extends attack ranges from roughly 19 miles to almost 44 miles.

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