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Australia Requests Excalibur

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Excalibur 155mm(click to view full) The GPS-guided M982 Excalibur artillery shell is not an anti-tank round, unlike the SMArt 155 shells Australia bought in October 2007. Excalibur’s accuracy brings its own capabilities, however, including precise counter-fire at enemy artillery and mortars located via projectile-tracking radars. Its shells can also target a particular building near troops under fire, providing a much faster, cheaper, and more reliable alternative to close air support fighters with precision-guided bombs. Both of these capabilities are important on the front-lines, where Australian troops are engaged. DID readers will recall Australia’s LAND 17 artillery replacement contract, currently underway, aimed at purchasing a new set of towed and mobile 155mm howitzers capable of firing shells like SMArt 155 and the M982 Excalibur. In the mean time, however, a secondary solution is available – and Australia appears to have submitted a modified request… Excalibur’s PFECS ADF M198s firing(click to view full) The immediate integration solution for Australia’s M198 howitzers is called the Portable Excalibur Fire Control System (PFECS). According to Raytheon, 3 levels of integration are fielded or in development. All can be integrated on any howitzer and with components from the potential host country, using appropriate communications, command and […]

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