US-made Excalibur artillery projectile hit targets at 46 km
WASHINGTON – The American artillery shell Excalibur, produced by Raytheon Missiles & Defense, hit two targets at a distance of just over 46 km after being fired by the French self-propelled howitzer CAESAR. Raytheon issued a special press release stating that American soldiers and representatives of the French company Nexter took part in the test.
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The successful test also shows that the American Modular Artillery Charge System (MACS) is fully compatible with that of the French howitzer. According to Sam Deneke, vice president of ground operations and air defense at Raytheon Missiles & Defense, the successful test gives additional mobility and precision to the US Excalibur artillery shell. He stressed that integration would benefit both the Pentagon and US partner countries.
The integration between the Modular Artillery Charge System Excalibur and the French self-propelled howitzer CAESAR may open up a new market opportunity to increase sales and therefore profits of Raytheon Missiles & Defense. The reason is that CAESAR is implemented in eight US partner countries, is one of the most successful and recognizable howitzers in Europe, and can be mounted on truck chassis, making it flexible to use.
The Excalibur projectile
The Excalibur projectile is a precision artillery weapon, the company said. It can work in all weather conditions and the maximum permissible impact error is 2 meters. Before the successful Fern howitzer test, Excaliber had a maximum range of 50 km if a .52 caliber projectile was used, and up to 40 km if the projectile caliber was .39.
In addition to the French CAESAR self-propelled howitzer, Escalibul can be used on systems such as the M777, M109 series, M198, Archer, and PzH2000, as well as the AS90, K9, and G6 howitzers. Currently, according to data from Raytheon Missiles & Defense, Sweden, Canada, Australia, and the Netherlands are using Excalibur projectiles.
According to Raytheon, in the future, we can expect Excalibur projectiles with laser targeting and a semi-active laser search engine. Excalibur also has a naval version called the Excalibur N5.
CAESAR self-propelled howitzer
The French self-propelled howitzer CAESAR is a 155mm / 52-caliber howitzer cannon developed by the French company Nexter. The system is mounted on a 6×6 truck, and depending on the end customer, the chassis of the truck is different – if France is the end customer the chassis is Renault Sherpa 10, and if the howitzer is for export the chassis is Unimog U2450L 6×6.
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