$80K Excalibur GPS Guided Round Fired
Soldiers from B-Batt., 2nd BN., 3rd FA fire the Excalibur 155mm explosive round out of the M777 Howitzer Cannon for the first time at FOB Frontenac, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. 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 6 m from the target. By using Excalibur's level of precision there is a major dramatic reduction in the time, cost and logistical burden traditionally associated with using artillery munitions. Analyses have shown that on average it takes at least 10 conventional munitions to accomplish what one Excalibur can. Excalibur is a co-development program between Raytheon Company and BAE Bofors.