BAE Systems has successfully test-fired its Long-Range Precision Guidance Kit (LR-PGK) for 155mm artillery projectiles, enhancing their accuracy through low-cost navigation and guidance technology.
The aerospace company fired the projectiles from the US Army’s Extended Range Cannon Artillery at Yuma Proving Ground facility in Arizona.
BAE said the test showcased the kit’s “airframe structural survivability under extreme firing conditions.”
“The LR-PGK has demonstrated its ability to help the US Army deliver accurate fires up to 70 kilometers [43 miles] and meet mission objectives with fewer shots,” Program Director James McDonough said.
“Adding precision guidance to standard munitions enables our customers to engage targets with greater efficiency and reduce collateral damage.”
BAE Guidance Kits
The guidance kit features anti-jam GPS sensors with control planes that enable projectile maneuverability throughout its flight.
“The propellant blast, gun barrel pressure, and muzzle velocity truly tested the system’s resiliency,” the company added.
BAE will now focus on long-range guidance, navigation, and projectile flight control to enable the kits “to operate at high spin rates, in challenging atmospheric conditions, and in the presence of enemy signal-jamming.”