Laser-guided Excalibur S munition completes Navy testing

ANDOVER, Mass. According to the company, Raytheon Company's new Excalibur S precision-guided munition made direct hits on moving targets in a U.S. Navy test. Testing validated the projectile's ability to survive the shock and stress of a howitzer firing, then transition from GPS to laser guidance and hit a moving target.

Excalibur S uses the Excalibur Ib variant's GPS technology and incorporates a semi-active laser seeker to engage mobile land and maritime targets at comparable ranges. Existing Ib projectiles can be upgraded with Excalibur S capabilities.

Raytheon officials claim that using artillery to engage moving targets provides warfighters with more adaptability, as it's typically used for eliminating stationary targets.

Excalibur is a true precision weapon and impacts at a radial miss distance of less than two meters from the target. It is used by U.S. and international artillery forces, and has been fired over 1,400 times in combat.