NEWARK, NJ – US Army explosives experts turn to Northrop Grumman Corp. to provide precision guidance kits to transform conventional 155 millimeter artillery shells into smart GPS-guided munitions.
Officials from the Army Corps of Engineers in Newark, NJ, on Tuesday announced a $61.1 million order from the Northrop Grumman Weapons Systems division in Plymouth, Minnesota, for M1156 precision guidance kits for the Army. .
The Northrop Grumman Precision Guidance Kit (PGK) transforms existing high-explosive 155 millimeter artillery projectiles into affordable satellite-guided precision weapons.
The PGK Conversion Kit uses Global Positioning System (GPS) signals to guide artillery shells to their targets with an accuracy of less than 10 meters.
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The reliable and inexpensive rocket-sized guidance kit installs in the rocket well of the artillery shell and also provides traditional rocket functions for burst height and point detonation.
The PGK Conversion Kit provides maneuver forces with an organic precision capability that works in all weather conditions and fills a gap between conventional artillery and smart munitions capabilities.
On this contract amendment, Northrop Grumman will perform the work in Plymouth, Minnesota, and is expected to be completed by July 2026. For more information, contact Northrop Grumman online at www.northropgrumman.comor the Army Corps of Engineers at www.usace.army.mil.