BAE Systems has received a $33 million deal from the Army to continue developing its Long Range Precision Guidance Kit (LR-PGK) for 155mm artillery shells, the company said Tuesday.

LR-PGK is expected to support future munitions for the Army’s Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA) program to enable precision strike capabilities in contested electromagnetic environments.

Long-Range Precision Guided Kit. Photo: BAE Systems

“We’re helping the Army meet its precision strike objectives with this critical long range artillery capability,” John Watkins, BAE Systems’ vice president of precision strike, said in a statement. 

“Our experience in precision guidance, rugged electronics, and artillery platforms has helped us develop a kit that improves mission effectiveness.”

Under the deal, BAE Systems is tasked with producing LR-PGK fuzes for live-fire testing to demonstrate the capability.

BAE Systems previously conducted a successful test of LR-PGK last September at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.

In March, the Army conducted a successful ERCA live-fire test shooting two different munitions out of its new extended range cannon for the M109 howitzer and reaching ranges of 65 kilometers (Defense Daily, March 6).