France Greenlights High Precision KNDS Artillery Shell Development 

The French defense procurement agency has contracted KNDS France for its support in developing the Katana high precision guided ammunition.

The 155 mm shell is currently at technology readiness level 6 (demonstration), with sale approval expected in two years.

Katana can be fired from all 52 caliber barrels to strike high value targets such as artillery systems, radars, or command posts. 

Long Range, High Precision 

The Mk 2 version has a stated range of 60 kilometers (37 miles) and a circular error probability (accuracy) of less than 10 meters (33 feet), reducing collateral damage in urban areas.

It features a six-kilogram (13 pounds) high explosive insensitive warhead and a programmable multi-mode fuse for modulated terminal effect according to the target and its protection levels.

The fuse allows the warhead to detonate in the air, at impact, or after a delay for maximum penetration. 


Additionally, the Katana is equipped with a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) coupled with an inertial navigation system to operate in GNSS-denied environments.

To achieve this performance, developers will incorporate “high-performance electronics designed to withstand extreme acceleration and shock,” KNDS France stated.

Moreover, its modular design allows for future upgrades and supports the integration of local components, increasing its export potential. 

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