The Next Generations of Smart Shells
James Dunnigan of StrategyPage briefly discusses the next two generations of smart precision indirect close-support weapons entering service with American forces as a successor to the Copperhead laser-guided shell. They will be particularly important as a way of getting the artillery into future urban fights:
- The Excalibur GPS-guided shell (named as a possible compromised system in the recent L-3 criminal investigation)
- Its potential competitor the Small Diameter Bomb
- The Projectile Guidance Kit (PGK), a sort of “JDAM kit for ordinary artillery shells” that’s still at least 5 years away from production.