Skip to comments.US Marines Fire Excalibur from Record Range In Afghanistan
Posted on 06/13/2012 12:06:10 PM PDT by moonshot925
The U.S. Marine Corps successfully fired two Raytheon Company (RTN) Excalibur 155mm precision-guided artillery projectiles from a range of 36 kilometers (22.3 statute miles) in theater. These shots mark the longest distance the Excalibur round has been fired in combat since its fielding in 2007.
Successfully fielded in 2007, the Excalibur 155mm precision-guided, extended-range projectile is the revolutionary artillery round used in theater today by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. Using GPS precision guidance technology, Excalibur provides accurate, first round, fire-for-effect capability in an urban setting. Excalibur is considered a true precision weapon, impacting at a radial miss distance of six meters from the target.
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All artillery rounds and AGMs need to be dual mode (laser and gps) for precise target engagement in the end game. Seen things change to many time post shot.
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Fire a shell 116,000 feet and land within 20 ft of the target? That’s an error margin of 0.000172 How can anyone say we are not exceptional?
Lets see, 6 meters over 22.3 miles is what MOA?
A meter is 39 inches so times 6 is 234 inches.
22.3 miles times 5280 for feet and divide by 3 for yards, so 39248 yards
234 inches over 39,248 yards. That is one heck of an MOA.
How long do you think it takes this round to travel 22 miles?
Except that BAE is British Aerospace...
And to take your calculations one step further for us deer hunters: 0.6 inches at 100 yards. And of course with the Marine stuff one doesn’t need to worry about windage and elevation!
So much for churning the earth with level of effort munitions.
“Except that BAE is British Aerospace...”
The M982 Excalibur is made by Raytheon, an American company.
BAE Systems Inc, which is developing the Advanced Gun System, is an American subsidiary of BAE Systems plc.
I knew that.
They stole the technology from us, no doubt. I mean these are the folks who originally designed the electrical systems in the Jaguar. You do know about the electrical systems in the Jags before they gave up and let the Japanese take over that job?
There are few countries able to do that. None that can do it as competently as the jarheads. Desert Shield/Storm was a really good training ground for developing that maneuver.
That is good news!
Brits are pretty good with guns. The 105mm used with the M60 and the early model M1s were based on a British guns, the Royal Ordnance L7. The 120mm smoothbore we use now, came from the Germans - the Rheinmetall L-44.
IIRC, the Brits are working on the Navy’s railgun for the new battleships, er, destroyers...
I remember Lucas Electrics in the old TRs, MGs, Jags, Rovers, etc.
“Why do the Brits drink warm beer?”
“The Prince of Darkness.”
“Why do the Brits drink warm milk?”
“When Brit cars won’t start, there must be clouds in the sky.”
What took them so long? Or have they just now developed some new and better munitions?
You know they’re getting serious when the start pulling out the artillery.
One of my jobs in the army was running a jammer.
During one field exercise I was given a mission to jam the TACFIRE signals of an arty battalion doing a live fire exercise.
The arty commander was NOT a happy camper.
Smith wasn’t much better!
Smith electrics? I missed those, somehow.
These guys? http://smithelectric.com/
A: Lucas Refrigerators.
Damn, those things were awful in the early-60s. I remember room-temp pints in pubs all thru England, Wales, Scotland until we got to Ireland, where they were civilized - many had Frigidares or GEs - and i-c-e for the Single Malt Scotch. Heaven, mate.
I want to see what the true capability of the rail guns are going to be.
I’m thinking, oh, about 500 miles from tube to target.
I had a 1968 Mk2/340. Positive earth. I know.
From the time you pull the trigger to impact can be as much as 2 minutes. Plenty of time for kids to walk out, but more likely that the bad guy just moves outside of the kill zone. We saw guys look up and see HIMARS going off and they rightly assumed that it was for them and ran away...