The U.S. Army in the international arms exhibition IDEX-2013 in Abu Dhabi, the first order for the supply of 155-millimeter artillery shells managed Excalibur second generation. As reported by Jane’s, for the party shells software company Raytheon will receive 55 million dollars. Deliveries will begin in late 2013.
According to the Raytheon Kevin Mattis (Kevin Matthies), which quotes the edition, new version of Excalibur 1B differs significantly from the previous modification — Excalibur 1A-2. Namely, the quarter shells become cheaper, and the reliability increased from 85 to 93 percent.
New Rockets Excalibur, according to a Raytheon, retained the former range of defeat in the 50 km, with all the accuracy of their falling markedly increased. Now, all guaranteed to get ammunition within less than 4 meters from the goal. Accuracy shells family Excalibur, Mattis said, has allowed the South American contingent in Afghanistan to use 155-millimeter artillery guided munitions instead of «air-surface».
Total, according to Mattis, the U.S. released in Afghanistan, about 650 shells Excalibur 1A-2.