India Buys M982 Excalibur Extended Range Guided Artillery Shell from U.S.

NEW DELHI, (BM) – Indian media reported that the country’s army decided to “seriously update” arsenal of precision-guided munitions, learned, quoting Topwar.

Upgrade is the purchase of American-controlled 155-mm artillery shells M982 Excalibur. Shells, which will be supplied from the United States, it is planned to equip the unit, armed with M777 towed howitzers, as well as howitzers “Vajra” K-9.

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It is reported that the command carried out an assessment of precision artillery ammunition in the world market and came to the conclusion that the M982 Excalibur for the Indian Army will be “the most suitable option.” In terms of munitions that have been subjected to the Indian “assessment”, also hit SMART-155 and GIWS.

In the Indian command it indicates that artillery units will be gradually transferred to the American M982 Excalibur with a simultaneous decrease in the share of Russian “Krasnopol”. It is reported by the Indian newspaper Financial Express.

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The M982 Excalibur (previously XM982) is a 155 mm extended range guided artillery shell developed during a collaborative effort between the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and the United States Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC).

The Excalibur was manufactured by prime contractor Raytheon Missile Systems and BAE Systems AB. It is a GPS and inertial-guided munition capable of being used in close support situations within 75–150 metres (246–492 ft) of friendly troops or in situations where targets might be prohibitively close to civilians to attack with conventional unguided artillery fire.

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In 2015 the United States planned to procure 7,474 rounds with a FY2015 total program cost of US$1.9341 billion at an average cost of US$258,777 per unit. By 2016, unit costs were reduced to US$68,000 per round. Versions that add laser-guidance capability and are designed to be fired from naval guns began testing in 2015. As of October 2018, over 1,400 rounds had been fired in combat.

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Source: Topwar