That is, it homed in on laser light that a forward observer created by pointing a laser at the target. August 11, 2019: Our advanced explosive waste disposal technology has been designed, sited and built to handle Classes 1.1 to 1.6 explosive materials and items. India did not want a guided shell that was prone to problems. However, Krasnopol had not been tested at such high altitudes (over 4,000 meters) and in such cold weather. Potential export customers were particularly eager because they had plenty of 155mm shells and word of the PGK accuracy and reliability improvements had gotten around, especially “customer satisfaction” comments from troops who called in PGK fire during combat. The rotating band is protected from damage during shipping and handling by a composite grommet which is removed before firing. General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems Scranton Operations, produces a wide range of projectile and mortar metal parts for large-caliber cannons, artillery, as well as aircraft and naval platforms. The 155mm MR103 is a cost-effective training round without a main explosive charge. The Indian Army is using some of its small emergency procurement procedure fund to purchase some GPS guided Excalibur 155mm artillery shells for its new M777 155mm howitzers (or K9 155mm self-propelled guns). From world-class modeling and simulation and advanced designs to development, qualification and production. The rotating band is protected from damage during shipping and handling by a composite grommet, which is removed before firing. BAE delivered the first 25 M777s already assembled so that crew training could get started and the first M777 regiment could get started.

We are a committed to providing the U.S. military and its allies with an extensive range of overarching products that provide a cutting-edge advantage to our war fighters. While there are cheaper alternatives, the Excalibur has proved the most accurate option and remains in demand for those situations where “too much accuracy” is not enough. Problems with getting "smart shells" to work effectively are nothing new. A TNT supplemental charge may be fitted to projectiles loaded with a deep intrusion fuze cavity and is removable for assembling proximity fuzes such as the M514, M728 and M783 to the projectile. The GMLRS has been a great success, and the army had to hustle to get enough rockets built to meet demand. The cheaper alternative, the M1156 PGK (Projectile Guidance Kit), can turn any 155mm shell into a GPS guided one but it generally lands 3-5 times farther away from the target than Excalibur, is less reliable , and costs about 70 percent less. All rights Reserved. Our Scranton Operations has been in continuous production since 1963, and manufactures artillery shells for 105mm to 155mm caliber applications. Over a thousand Excalibur shells have been used already and have proven reliable and very accurate by usually landing within two meters of where aimed.

Both Excalibur and PGK provide unprecedented accuracy. A swaggered gilding metal rotating band encircles the projectile near its base. An artillery round (a dumb, unguided projectile) costs about $1500. 105mm to 155mm Ammunition and Metal Parts. There were problems encountered that had to be fixed.

This sale went through the BAE American subsidiary, which because of its size, ownership and track record basically operates as an American defense firm. The cheaper alternative was more likely to be available and most troops could not tell the difference except in rare situations were that extra bit of accuracy and reliability was a matter of life or death. COST US$1.20 mln not in production not in production US$3.00 mln US$1.25 mln US$0.75 mln US$0.60 mln ... SELF-PROPELLED ARTILLERY.

M777 fire control is handled by a computerized system that allows faster response time and more accurate shooting. NAME VCA 155mm PLL05 PLL09 PLZ-05 PLZ-05A PLZ-07 PLZ-45 SH-1 155mm SPH SH-2 122mm SPH SH-3 122mm Type 83 SPH The GMLRS could reach the target, Excalibur could not. A General Dynamics Company. But the need for extreme accuracy was still there and so was the demand for Excalibur. All Rights Reserved. Reactive Armor systems are combat proven armor systems that enhance the protection level of combat platforms against all shoulder-fired weapons and most tube-launched, shaped-charge systems. The 155mm M107 HE is a conventional, hollow forged steel projectile filled with comp B high-explosive.

Reactive Armor systems are combat proven armor systems that enhance the protection level of combat platforms against all shoulder-fired weapons and most tube-launched, shaped-charge systems. The 155mm M107 HE is a conventional, hollow forged steel projectile filled with TNT high-explosive. UH-1 Plank Modular Helicopter Weapon System / Universal Ammunition Loading System (UALS), Gun barrels for U.S. fighter aircraft including the A-10, F-14, F-15, F-16, F/A-18 and F/A-22, 20mm Phalanx / 30mm Goalkeeper / AEGIS Illuminator. That’s something India larned during the decade of effort it took to obtain the M777 howitzers, which are lightweight and preferred for combat in places like Kashmir. UH-1 Plank Modular Helicopter Weapon System / Universal Ammunition Loading System (UALS), Gun barrels for U.S. fighter aircraft including the A-10, F-14, F-15, F-16, F/A-18 and F/A-22, 20mm Phalanx / 30mm Goalkeeper / AEGIS Illuminator. By 2016 an Indian firm (Mahindra) and BAE (a major British arms manufacturer) agreed to jointly produce 145 M777 howitzers for the Indian Army. After a few years, Excalibur was upgraded to handle longer distances and has been called on more often. From world-class modeling and simulation and advanced designs to development, qualification and production. A bursting round with fragmentation and blast effects, the M107 is being superseded in the US military by the M795. The shorter range Excalibur was more popular because of its smaller explosive load. StrategyWorld.com 1998 - 2018 StrategyWorld.com. The original version of PGK was subsequently tweaked so that by 2012 it landed within 32 meters (100 feet). The price varied, up to half a million bucks, depending on who was doing the calculating. But this was expensive technology for an artillery shell. Infantry Armor Artillery Support Paramilitary Reserves, Counter-TerrorismSpecial OperationsInformation WarfarePeacekeeping, MoraleLeadershipIntelligenceMurphy's LawWinningPeace Time, Electronic WeaponsSpaceNBC WeaponsStrategic Weapons. A supplemental charge may be fitted to projectiles loaded with a deep intrusion fuze cavity and is removable. Fuzes such as the M739 series can be assembled to the projectile. Corporate Headquarters: 11399 16th Court N., Suite 200 St. Petersburg, FL  33716 Main Number: (727) 578-8100. India wants Excalibur for use against a small number of specific Pakistani targets along the northwest (Kashmir) border. It was only in mid-2015 that India and BAE finally settled all their contract differences and confirmed the M777 sale. But GPS guided shells proved to be a tough technology to perfect, and when Excalibur arrived, it found itself with some stiff competition.