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First Precision 120 Fired in Anger


We reported in late Marchthat the Army had begun fielding a precision 120 mortar to Joes in Afghanistan.

Well our tipster extraordinaire Former Dirt Dart pointed us in the direction of a story just released by the Army that said that Charlie Company, 1-506th fired the first APMI round in combat.

"It is exciting to be chosen to field this round for the first time. This brigade has the history of being first in the fire support area," said Sgt. 1st Class John Kohne, the 4th Brigade Fire Support Operations noncommissioned officer-in-charge. "We were the first to fire the Excalibur (precision guided Howitzer round) with our last rendezvous with destiny in our last tour here in 2008. It is humbling that the Army would entrust us with this."
Though the Army didn't say what the target was, the release does say the precision mortar landed within four meters of its intended target.
"It gives that infantry battalion commander a PGM (Precision Guided Munition) capability at his disposal. He has the Excalibur to use, but that is a brigade asset," said Pina. "But with this 120mm PGM he has that asset at his disposal."
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