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Raytheon given U.S. Army projectile contract mod

Modification is for 155mm projectile foreign military sales deal.

By Geoff Ziezulewicz
Raytheon given U.S. Army projectile contract mod
Raytheon was awarded a $7.8 million U.S. Army modification to a foreign military sales contract for Excalibur 155 mm projectiles. U.S. Marines are shown here firing an Excalibur round from an M777 155 mm howitzer during a fire support mission at Fire Base Fiddlers Green, Helmand province, Afghanistan, in 2011. U.S. Defense Department photo

WASHINGTON, July 1 (UPI) -- Raytheon has been awarded a $7.8 million modification to a foreign military sales contract for Excalibur 155mm projectiles.

Work will be done in Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Massachusetts, California, Minnesota, Utah, New York, Sweden and England.

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The estimated completion date is June 2017.

The Army Contracting Command is the contracting activity.

The Excalibur projectile can be used by land and naval forces, Raytheon said, and is compatible with every howitzer on which it has been tested.

It impacts at a radial miss distance of less than two meters from its target and provides accurate first-round effects at all ranges in all weather conditions.

It also extends the reach of .39-caliber artillery to 40 kilometers and .52-caliber artillery to more than 50 kilometers.

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