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Posted: 4/3/2006 6:26:25 PM EDT
It screws on in place of the normal fuze.


Raytheon Completes Artillery Firing Test of Precision Guidance Kit Solution
TUCSON, Ariz., March 30, 2006 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company
successfully completed a gun firing test of its low-cost, XM1156 Precision
Guidance Kit (PGK) solution at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., March 16. The test
firing, shot from the Picatinny Ballistic Rail Gun System, met all test
objectives.
PGK is a competitive U.S. Army program designed to demonstrate the ability
to significantly improve the accuracy of existing ballistic and cargo 155 and
105 mm artillery rounds through the addition of a low-cost, GPS guided fuze
kit, which integrates into the round's shallow fuze well without modification.
The Raytheon PGK was also designed to meet Army program requirements through a
low-cost airbrake solution having minimal impact on round stability.
Raytheon's solution focuses on meeting the PGK requirements at the lowest cost
with the capability for incremental growth.
"The Spearhead 1D course correcting fuze (CCF) demonstration was a
significant milestone for the team," said Ken Pedersen, Raytheon Missile
Systems' Advanced Programs vice president. "A low-cost, networked, 1D CCF
solution would provide the Army with improved 155/105 mm round accuracy,
reduced collateral damage, and lower ammunition sustainment and replenishment
costs."
Raytheon's Missile Systems business in Tucson, Ariz., will serve as prime
systems integrator, airframe designer, and guidance and control authority,
utilizing L3 KDI Precision Products, Inc., to produce the all-up "smart fuze"
kit at its automated fuze factory in Cincinnati, Ohio. KDI's proven experience
with manufacturing more than 215,000 MOFA (Multi-Option Fuze for Artillery)
fuzes for the U.S. Army will help ensure a low production cost for PGK. The
Spearhead flight tests will culminate in closed loop, GPS-guided, fully
integrated round testing through April 2006 at "tactically significant"
ranges.
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2005 sales of $21.9 billion, is an
industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information
technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft.
With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 80,000 people worldwide.

Note to Editors
Raytheon's PGK design leverages production and flight proven subassemblies
and an all-up kit that borrows heavily from M782 Multi-Option Fuze for
Artillery (MOFA) and the Navy Guidance Integrated Fuze program. Hardware tests
and six degrees of freedom simulation analysis indicate the Raytheon solution
will meet the Army's PGK circular error probable requirement for both 155 mm
and 105 mm artillery rounds.
The PGK successfully survived approximately 8,000 Gs (x gravity), the
equivalent of a Modular Artillery Charge System 4 firing and the safety
maximum given the mass of the test round. The PGK guidance electronics unit
(GEU) successfully deployed the airbrake assembly immediately after muzzle
exit. This live fire test culminates hardware-in-the-loop testing, 270 Hz
laboratory deployment spin tests, 300 Hz live gun fire structural tests and
integrated GEU rail-gun testing to 11,000 Gs.

Contact:
Chandra Stewart
520.794.8580

SOURCE Raytheon Company


Link Posted: 4/3/2006 6:27:31 PM EDT
I love it when we screw our enemies.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 6:29:53 PM EDT
I dropped my GPS unit and it never was the same since. These guys on the other hand manage to fire one in an artillery shell.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 6:33:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TexasEd:
I dropped my GPS unit and it never was the same since. These guys on the other hand manage to fire one in an artillery shell.



Send a letter to the maker with this attached and ask them why they didnt test IT to 8000g...

...course then you probably would of paid 8-10,000 dollars for the thing...
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 6:35:40 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 6:38:57 PM EDT
One of the dudes I was snowboarding with a few weeks ago works for Morton Thiokol (now Alliant - the same folks that own Lake City)

He works on on guided artillery - shells that have pop-out fins, nose thrusters, etc. Pretty cool stuff.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 6:41:56 PM EDT
that's cool as all hell. how many G's do you think the unit takes when it's fired? i bet it's a lot more than 87 g's by the way
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