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    Capability will help U.S. Army achieve long range precision strikes beyond 70 kilometers by 2023

    BAE Systems has received a $33 million multi-year contract from the U.S. Army to further develop its Long Range Precision Guidance Kit (LR-PGK) for 155mm artillery shells, enabling the Army to conduct long range precision strikes in challenging electromagnetic environments.

    LR-PGK is a critical program in the Army’s 155mm Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA) munitions suite, designed to deliver accurate, lethal fires at greater ranges than near-peer adversaries. The BAE Systems solution builds on proven, mature technology, offering greater performance than current guidance kits through increased maneuverability and an incorporated anti-jam capability.

    We’re helping the Army meet its precision strike objectives with this critical long range artillery capability,” said John Watkins, vice president of Precision Strike at BAE Systems. “Our experience in precision guidance, rugged electronics, and artillery platforms has helped us develop a kit that improves mission effectiveness.

    Under the new contract, BAE Systems will produce a series of LR-PGK fuzes for live-fire testing, further validating the solution and demonstrating its accuracy and reliability in challenging battlefield conditions. Prior to the award, BAE Systems successfully demonstrated the LR-PGK capability and performance at Yuma Proving Ground in September 2019. The company committed significant investment to deliver on the Army’s modernization goals by intentionally designing the LR-PGK’s modular architecture for low-cost production and upgradeability.

    LR-PGK is one of several BAE Systems programs that support Long Range Precision Fires, one of the U.S. Army’s top modernization priorities. In addition to designing and manufacturing the M109 family of Self-Propelled Howitzers, BAE Systems has developed and delivered guidance systems for precision munitions for decades and is a major supplier of artillery round explosives and propellants.

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    Long Range Precision Guidance Kit (LR-PGK)

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    BAE Systems' Long Range Precision Guidance Kit (LR-PGK) with GPS anti-jam technology corrects inherent ballistic errors of high-explosive and rocket-assist artillery projectiles to deliver long range precision fires.
    Defeating emerging jam threats
    Emerging signal-jamming capabilities of adversaries threaten the effectiveness of the U.S. Army's existing artillery precision guidance kits, but our Long Range Precision Guidance Kit (LR-PGK) technology meets current and future anti-jam requirements to defeat jamming. It also advances previously successful capabilities developed to improve reliability of precision-strike functions in GPS-jammed environments.

    This kit is compatible with existing and future artillery shells and firing platforms, including:




      • M795, M1128, XM1113, and M549A1 standard projectiles
      • M109A6/A7 self-propelled Howitzers (manufactured by BAE Systems)
      • M1299 Extended Range Cannon Artillery
      • M777A2 lightweight towed Howitzers (manufactured by BAE Systems)
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    Technology evolution
    The LR-PGK builds on proven, mature technology to improve the accuracy of 155mm projectiles. It will increase maneuverability and incorporate anti-jam capability – requirements for today's quickly evolving battle space.

    Innovative guidance systems
    This artillery shell upgrade kit combines enhanced GPS-based navigation with an innovative, roll-stabilized guidance unit and antenna array. This integrated technology, paired with a proven, variable-deflection canard control method, allows for advanced in-flight correction capabilities.

    The LR-PGK technology is designed to help warfighters complete missions accurately:




      • Precision at greater distances to outrange threats
      • Improved GPS anti-jam technology supports the mission and makes munitions updateable
    Reduced ordnance dispersion
    Our kit greatly reduces dispersion associated with 155mm unguided artillery rounds, achieving precision target engagement. Projectiles fitted with LR-PGK provide artillery teams in battle with accurate fire support capabilities that friendly forces can rely on in urban areas, resulting in:




      • Improved accuracy against modern threats
      • Reduced Circular Error of Probability (CEP)
      • Decreased collateral damage
    Lowering costs
    BAE Systems' Long Range Precision Guidance Kit (LR-PGK) requires less ammunition than conventional artillery to complete the mission, which saves costs and increases effectiveness.
     
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