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US Marines Fire Excalibur from Record Range In Afghanistan
Defence Talk ^ | June 13 2012 | Raytheon

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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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; artillery; excalibur; marines
BAE Systems is working on an advanced 155mm naval gun for the Zumwalt class destroyers. Range of 59 nautical miles and accuracy of 50 meters CEP.
1 posted on 06/13/2012 12:06:18 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: moonshot925

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.


2 posted on 06/13/2012 12:13:19 PM PDT by ghannonf18
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To: moonshot925

Semper Fi ...
3 posted on 06/13/2012 12:33:10 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: moonshot925

“Customer Success Is Our Mission.”


4 posted on 06/13/2012 12:33:14 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: moonshot925

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?

Damn...just damn!!


5 posted on 06/13/2012 1:03:35 PM PDT by scram2
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To: moonshot925

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.


6 posted on 06/13/2012 1:04:04 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: ghannonf18

How long do you think it takes this round to travel 22 miles?


7 posted on 06/13/2012 1:05:27 PM PDT by scram2
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To: scram2

Except that BAE is British Aerospace...


8 posted on 06/13/2012 1:08:04 PM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: taxcontrol

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!


9 posted on 06/13/2012 1:13:16 PM PDT by 21twelve
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To: oh8eleven

So much for churning the earth with level of effort munitions.

Semper Fi,


10 posted on 06/13/2012 1:14:03 PM PDT by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "p" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: Little Ray

“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.


11 posted on 06/13/2012 1:20:01 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: Little Ray

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?


12 posted on 06/13/2012 1:21:26 PM PDT by scram2
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To: moonshot925
The really cool thing about weaving field artillery with Marine doctrine is the concept of artillery raids. Imagine being able to place a fire base any place on the battlefield with Ch-53s/MV-22s: in landlocked countries and within a 6-hour Warning Order.

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.

13 posted on 06/13/2012 1:24:41 PM PDT by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: moonshot925

Cool!
That is good news!


14 posted on 06/13/2012 1:35:16 PM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: scram2

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...


15 posted on 06/13/2012 1:43:17 PM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: scram2

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.”
Lucas Electrics.


16 posted on 06/13/2012 1:52:11 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: moonshot925

What took them so long? Or have they just now developed some new and better munitions?


17 posted on 06/13/2012 2:02:08 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: moonshot925

You know they’re getting serious when the start pulling out the artillery.


18 posted on 06/13/2012 2:26:16 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: moonshot925

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.


19 posted on 06/13/2012 2:39:17 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: carriage_hill

Smith wasn’t much better!


20 posted on 06/13/2012 2:51:32 PM PDT by Seeking the truth
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To: Seeking the truth

Smith electrics? I missed those, somehow.

These guys? http://smithelectric.com/


21 posted on 06/13/2012 3:07:56 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: scram2
Fire a shell 116,000 feet and land within 20 ft of the target?
I was on an 8" howitzer in 'Nam and we could put a round into the crater left by the round we fired just before that.
In fact, sometimes when our FOs caught the enemy in the open, they'd call for one round, wait for the survivors to seek shelter in the crater, then call for round two.
Poof! No more enemy.

22 posted on 06/13/2012 3:24:14 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: carriage_hill
Q: Why do the Brits drink warm beer?

A: Lucas Refrigerators.

23 posted on 06/13/2012 3:32:49 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

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.


24 posted on 06/13/2012 4:07:01 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: moonshot925

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.


25 posted on 06/13/2012 5:37:28 PM PDT by Molon Labbie (Prep. Now. Live Healthy, take your Shooting Iron daily.)
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To: scram2

I had a 1968 Mk2/340. Positive earth. I know.


26 posted on 06/13/2012 6:03:48 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: scram2

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...


27 posted on 06/16/2012 10:38:35 PM PDT by ghannonf18
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