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.
“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).