BAE Tests New Smart Munition

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BAE Systems and United Technologies Corporation recently completed a successful guided flight test of the Multi-Service Standard Guided Projectile at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

The MS-SGP was fired from a 5-inch 62-caliber Mk 45 Mod 4 Naval Gun System and all guided flight test objectives were achieved, test officials maintain. The guided flight test, culminating more than 110 MS-SGP subsystem tests, demonstrates the tactical capability to a range of 38 kilometers.

The MS-SGP’s maximum range is nearly 100 kilometers, with accuracy of less than five meters. The MS-SGP significantly enhances the capability of U.S. Army and Marine Corps field artillery and U.S. Navy Mk 45 gun systems.

BAE Systems is no stranger to precision-guided munitions. It began working on the highly successful, but expensive Excalibur 155mm artillery round in the early 1990s. Excalibur has a range of about 40 kilometers and can be guided by GPS to within five meters of a target.

 The Multi-Service Standard Guided Projectile is designed to provide a single solution for responsive, tactical fires for addressing stationary or moving targets for multiple U.S. or allied services at a fraction of the cost of current alternatives.

“Currently the U.S. and its allies are using significantly more expensive solutions to address fire support and tactical targets,” Chris Hughes, vice president and general manager of Weapon Systems at BAE Systems, said in a press release. “The projectile can provide the U.S. forces with an affordable, long-range, and precision gun-launched projectile to greatly expand our fire support capability.”

The MS-SGP is scheduled to be fired from an M777 towed howitzer late this summer.

 

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  • hibeam

    We must not use this smart munition.. Just reading about it is harming innocent civilians in Pakistan. Put it on the shelf with the drones.

  • Bunny dicks

    Hell yea NSFS

    • Belesari

      Well not so much. 5in are fine for unprepared targets but aren’t all that powerful other wise. We need something like the 8in Mk-71 gun for NGFS.

    • Belesari

      I don’t think some people know what either of those terms mean

      NGFS

      Naval Gun Fire Support

      NSFS

      Near Shore Fire Support.

  • USS ENTERPRISE

    I like how this projectile is being given to the US military, but nearly all the measurements given to us in this article are in metric………

  • wpnexp

    The question that I have are, how is it adapted to different caliber rounds, and how does the round get to 100 km?

  • brownie

    The Chinese DEFEATED India in ’62 in artillery duels at high altitude. The greatest # of casualties in WWII were the result of artillery and assorted tubed weapons (over 60%).

  • brownie

    General Ridgeway stopped the Red Chinese Army (800k) onslaught in Korea in ’51 by establishing 3 defensive artillery lines during the winter break in major hostilities. Artillery was the KEY in enabling the U.S. to stabilize the UN lines and stop the Red advance. From ’51 to ’53 there would be little movement.

  • Rob

    hibeam
    You are a dumba–, smart munitions are the way to go. That is unless you are one of the individual’s that’s using a school or a hospital as a shelter and fire on our troops from those locations. You might want to change your user name to low beam.

  • SJE

    Smart technology to save lives at low cost. Of course Lockmart is not involved.

    • USS ENTERPRISE

      Lock”mart” (suppose to be heed, but ya’ know) is more aviation, so.

      • SJE

        Why do we tolerate ripoffs from aerospace contractors but not others?

  • hibeam

    Why do we need guided artillery when we have misguided apologies? We are sorry. That should be enough.

  • Tribulationtime

    Re$earch, all is Re$earch stupid!. They build the Xcalibur, and they have again all the way up. A $hame!!

  • Lance

    So we working on laser guided artillery.

  • JoeJFO

    As a 13F20L7 w/ 6 years in service, I can tell you the copperhead was a steaming pile of junk that was way overpriced. excal on the other hand, was awesome stuff. I often miss being in, if anything else to play with the new toys and being able to work with my joes.

  • d. kellogg

    Jebus H Cracker.
    I wish this website had at least one credible dev/mod who would police up you bullsh*t posters from degrading this thread’s original topic into one more political blame game of international conspiracies.
    What could’ve been a great discussion has been reduced in the extreme to childish diatribe of “my country led by its evil corrupt wicked political system can beat up your country led by its evil corrupt wicked political system”.

    Stay on topic, please.
    http://defense-update.com/20130627_5-inch-guided-

    Miss distance at 36km: 1.5m. Nice.

  • ohwilleke

    Is there a price tag for the rounds? Based on prices for similar munitions, I’d expect a price per round in the low five figures, but a lower price from standardization would really be a big deal.

  • Brian B Mulholland

    A five-inch round makes perfect sense for Naval use, but the last time I looked, the Army and Marines were not fielding howitzers in the 120mm or 125 mm. sizes. Will this round be fitted with a sabot to permit its’ use in 155 tubes?

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