A defense contractor with operations in Huntsville successfully fired a guidance system for artillery projectiles.
BAE Systems has announced the testing of its Long Range Precision Guidance Kit (LR-PGK) for US Army Long Range Gun Artillery (ERCA) 155mm artillery projectiles at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.
The test shows the structural survivability of the kit airframe under “extreme firing conditions”, the company said.
The LR-PGK is designed to improve the accuracy of unguided artillery projectiles with low cost navigation and guidance technology. The guidance kit combines anti-jamming GPS sensors with control planes that allow the projectile to maneuver.
According to BAE Systems, the kit is compatible with existing and future artillery projectiles. James McDonough, LR-PGK program manager for BAE, said the kit enables accurate shots up to 70 kilometres.
“Adding precision guidance to standard munitions allows our customers to engage targets with greater efficiency and reduce collateral damage,” he said.
After testing, BAE said it was focusing on long-range guidance, navigation and projectile flight control for the kits. Further tests will reveal their ability to operate at high rotational speeds, in harsh atmospheric conditions and in the presence of enemy signal jamming.
BAE, one of the world’s largest defense contractors, opened its $45.5 million expansion in Huntsville at the corner of Old Madison Pike and Jan Davis Drive two years ago.
The company operates an 83,000 square foot facility in Cummings Research Park on a 20-acre site with room for expansion, and plans to have 200 employees working there by the end of the year.