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  • 'TopGun' system converts conventional artillery to precision weapons

    06/24/2010 2:49:11 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | 6/20/2010 | Geostrategy Direct
    Israel's state-owned Aerospace Industries has briefed Western and other militaries on its TopGun system, designed to convert 155mm artillery shells into precision-guided weapons. "Using our extensive experience in developing missile systems, we took this technological challenge upon ourselves," Uri Sinai, general manager of IAI's MLM division, said. Executives said TopGun was comprised of a fuze that corrected the trajectory of artillery shells. The kit contained global positioning and inertial navigation systems as well as four fins fitted to the fuze. "The accuracy of projectiles equipped with TopGun, which is mounted on the artillery round, is 20 meter CEP [Circular Error...
  • Taliban Fear 155mm Excalibur “Finger of Death”

    05/20/2010 11:41:34 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 1,612+ views
    Defense Tech ^ | 5/20/1/2010 | Greg Grant
    Apropos of our earlier post on precision guided indirect fire and the Army’s decision to cut its buy of Excalibur precision 155mm rounds, our own Christian Lowe checks in from his embed out near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border: I spoke with an artillery forward observer with Angel Company, 3–187, at FOB Sharana the other day who told me about the few times he’s employed the Excalibur precision 155 round. He said despite the infrequent use and the Army’s apparent lack of enthusiasm for the weapon, it sure makes a heck of an impression on the Taliban – so much so that...
  • India all set for artillery purchases

    03/20/2010 11:05:07 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 259+ views
    Brahmand.com ^ | 3/21/2010 | Brahmand.com
    Remaining without a single purchase of artillery guns since Bofors scandal broke out two decades ago, India has lined up series of procurements of such weapons to bridge the growing gap in the operational preparedness of its Army. Among the guns it plans to buy soon include towed, wheeled self-propelled, tracked self-propelled and ultra light howitzers. Defence Ministry sources on Friday said these acquisitions are at various stages of procurement and these guns would strengthen the artillery arm of the 1.13 million strong Army. While it has scheduled trials for two such weapons in the coming months, the Defence Ministry...
  • Cold War Bargains Still To Be Had

    02/22/2010 7:24:05 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 417+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 2/22/2010 | The Strategy Page
    After five years of waiting, the United States has finally delivered to Pakistan 115 used M-109A5 self-propelled 155mm howitzers. The last 48 vehicles just arrived. Each of the M109A5 vehicles cost Pakistan about $487,000. This is less than a third of what a late model vehicle like the M109A5 would cost brand new. The vehicles had been put into storage by the United States after the Cold War ended (and many divisions, each with 56 M-109s, were disbanded). The stored vehicles were checked several times a year and received maintenance or repairs as needed. This is not the latest version...
  • Artillery in the 21st Century – Proven, Flexible and Tailored

    02/18/2010 11:43:50 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 567+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 2/18/2010 | Nicolas von Kospoth
    Emanating from the world’s most combat proven and effective tube artillery system, the Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH2000 self-propelled howitzer), Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) developed an independent artillery module, fully meeting current military requirements. Accurate fire power is and remains an important military requirement. In current conflicts such as in Afghanistan, the PzH2000 could prove that this system can be perfectly deployed in asymmetric combat theatres. During Operation Medusa and the Battle of Chora, the Dutch PzH2000 effectively supported coalition forces and eliminated targets up to a distance of 46 kilometres. Indirect fire support is and remains an important element in current, as...
  • Winter trials of Howitzers' postponed after accident

    02/18/2010 12:01:50 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 250+ views
    Brahmand.com ^ | 1/18/2010 | Brahmand.com
    The Indian Army has postponed the winter trials for procuring 155 mm towed howitzers after St Kinetics expressed inability to bring its gun for field- testing due to an accident in Singapore. "The winter trials will now be held in October as one of the two contenders, St Kinetics, said its gun was damaged in an accident in Singapore and would be able to arrive in India only after March," Army officials said here. St Kinetics senior executive Brig Gen Patrick Choy said the accident occurred when the gun was being transported to India. "We have to cut some parts...
  • India – M777 155mm Light-Weight Towed Howitzers

    01/27/2010 10:27:56 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 573+ views
    Defense-Aerospace.com ^ | 1/26/2010 | Defense Security Cooperation Agency
    The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Jan. 22 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of 145 M777 155mm Light-Weight Towed Howitzers with Laser Inertial Artillery Pointing Systems (LINAPS) and associated parts, equipment, training and logistical support for a complete package worth approximately $647 million. The Government of India has requested a possible sale of 145 M777 155mm Light-Weight Towed Howitzers with Laser Inertial Artillery Pointing Systems (LINAPS), warranty, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, maintenance, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor representatives’ technical assistance, engineering and logistics support...
  • Excalibur Gets From Here To There

    05/03/2008 5:41:20 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 13 replies · 121+ views
    American and Canadian troops have begun using the Excalibur shell in Afghanistan earlier this year. A year ago, American troops began using Excalibur in Iraq. This was just timely, because Islamic warriors tend to use civilians as human shields, and that means you have to be precise when you go after the bad guys with artillery. A typical situation has enemy gunmen holding out in one building of a walled compound or village. In nearby buildings, there are women and children. While killing the enemy is good, killing the civilians can be a very bad thing. Smart bombs should be...
  • Caption Israeli Children Inscribing 155mm Artillery Shells (ARTY Graffiti)

    07/17/2006 6:31:13 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 152 replies · 7,211+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 17 JUL 06 | dcbryan1
    Thanks for nothing Bill Clinton!
  • ATK Successfully Tests Advanced 155mm Projectile

    06/18/2006 12:51:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies · 299+ views
    Press Release ^ | Tuesday June 13, 8:55 am ET
    MINNEAPOLIS, June 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK - News) announced today that it successfully tested its advanced, 155mm precision projectile -- Saber. Saber offers the U.S. Army a design capability and a low per unit cost for the Block 1B upgrade to the Excalibur program. Saber was fired from a 155mm cannon, using a Zone-5 charge, the most powerful charge configuration used by U.S. forces. Saber will give artillery batteries a precision-fire capability with significantly more stand-off range than current 155mm artillery. It is designed for compatibility with all existing and future 155mm cannons. "The relatively simple design...
  • Marines Unearth IEDs in Operation Shadyville (USMC in action)

    07/07/2005 5:27:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 2,451+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | July 7, 2005 | U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Mike Escobar
    Troops participating in Operation Shadyville searched 244 houses and netted several suspected insurgent supporters, two IEDs, and 50 AK-47 assault rifles. SAQLAWIYAH, Iraq, July 7, 2005 — Many young men who join the United States Marine Corps during their late teenage years may often fantasize about saving a comrade’s life while fighting a war overseas. Although this 20-year old Bessemer, Ala., native is no longer an adolescent, that dream became reality June 29 when he unearthed an insurgent-made improvised explosive device. “The IED we found was an HE (high explosive) 155mm artillery shell,” explained Cpl. Patrick Jernigan. “I was walking...
  • WMD BREAKING: Dulfer confirms at least 1 dozen sarin shells found in Iraq to date!

    06/24/2004 1:04:14 PM PDT · by Steven W. · 311 replies · 1,520+ views
    FOX Radio News / KCBQ ^ | 6/24/04 | Charles Dulfter
    Charles Dulfer, head of Iraqi WMD survey group, confirms a number of additional Sarin gas weapons have been found in Iraq.
  • Iraq Artillery Shell Contained 3-4 Liters of Sarin

    05/18/2004 9:23:50 AM PDT · by Living Free in NH · 426 replies · 1,126+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 17, 2004
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