MINNEAPOLIS, 6 Feb. 2007.BAE Systems has fired 21 155 mm projectiles equipped with the company's Precision Guidance Kit (PGK) test modules at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., as part of the U.S. Army's PGK Technical Development program.
During the tests, BAE Systems fired M549 rocket assisted projectiles (RAP) to a range of roughly 20.5 kilometers from an M109A5 howitzer to evaluate the functional performance, stability, and structural integrity of the PGK fuze.
The tests demonstrated the PGK divert capability in both range and cross-range, while maintaining the stability of the M549A1 RAP round.
The ability to acquire GPS, calculate the navigation solution, and deploy aerodynamic brakes to adjust the trajectory were also demonstrated.
Data from the tests is being used by BAE Systems to refine its PGK design as the company prepares to deliver demonstration kits to the Army for testing, as part of the Army's Technical Development contract issued to BAE Systems in June 2006.
PGK provides a near-precision accuracy capability for conventional 155 mm and 105 mm ammunition. The BAE Systems-led team includes the company's Bofors unit, Rockwell Collins, and BT Fuze Products Division.