Raytheon has performed the first live fire test for its precision-guided weapon system.
The Excalibur S, built with a laser spot tracker, worked to destroy its target following a GPS-guided target detection and laser-designated direct hit, Raytheon said Sunday.
Michelle Lohmeier, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems’ land warfare systems product line, said the laser-guided Excalibur variant is intended to help warfighters hit moving targets at extended ranges.
The laser spot tracker is integrated into the Excalibur Ib projectile, a 155mm artillery projectile the company is developing for the U.S. Army and other international clients.
The Excalibur S variant is based on the Excalibur Ib model and works with the 5-inch Excalibur N5 naval variant under development.
The Excalibur program is a partnership between Raytheon and BAE Systems Bofors.