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Excalibur Ib tests mark milestone

YUMA PROVING GROUND, Ariz., April 8 (UPI) -- U.S. company Raytheon announced it has successfully test-fired its next-generation Excalibur Ib artillery projectiles.

Raytheon has successfully fired eight Excalibur Ib precision-guided artillery projectiles with U.S. Army program office officials present. Company officials said the successful test marks a milestone for the development of the Excalibur Ib, a next generation of the combat-proven Excalibur Ia.

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The precision-guided artillery projectile firings, which met all test objectives, were part of an effort to demonstrate a controlled flight and safe muzzle exit, among other development advances.

"We had a great development and testing plan going into this," Steve Bennett, Raytheon Excalibur program director, said in a statement.

"Raytheon has been able to move rapidly from design to successful test flights in record time. We expect to meet the U.S. Army's cost objectives and exceed the incredible performance established by Excalibur Ia."

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