BAE SYSTEMS Selected by U.S. Army to Demonstrate Precision Guidance Kit Technology for Cannon Artillery.MINNEAPOLIS -- BAE Systems BAE Systems
British manufacturer of aircraft, missiles, avionics, naval vessels, and other aerospace and defense products. BAE Systems was formed (1999) from the merger of British Aerospace (BAe) with Marconi Electronic Systems. has received a six-month contract from the U.S. Army's Project Manager, Combat Ammunition Systems to participate in a competitive technical development program for the Precision Guidance Kit for use with Army cannon artillery ammunition.
The guidance kit is a low-cost system that will improve the accuracy of conventional 105 mm and 155 mm artillery projectiles. The BAE Systems-led team, which includes the company's Bofors unit, Rockwell Collins Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) is a large United States-based international company headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, primarily providing aviation and information technology systems, solutions, and services to governmental agencies and aircraft manufacturers. and L3 Communications BT Fuze fuze
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In 2005, BAE Systems conducted a successful firing-to-impact, gun-fired demonstration of the CCF system, marking the first time a two-directional precision guidance kit had been successfully demonstrated in a gun-fired environment by either government or industry. The contract award also includes priced options for follow-on system development and demonstration and initial production phases.
"Highly accurate artillery is critical to the success of today's war fighters," said Jim Unterseher, director of Army Programs for BAE Systems in Minneapolis. "We're confident our CCF solution, which makes conventional cannon projectiles at least three times more accurate, is ready for a fast-track, full-scale development. Our team of artillery and munitions mu·ni·tion
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During the technical development program, BAE Systems will compete against other contractors to achieve a Technology Readiness Level Technology Readiness Level (TRL) is a measure used by some United States government agencies and many major world's companies (and agencies) to assess the maturity of evolving technologies (materials, components, devices, etc. (TRL TRL
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To date, BAE Systems has tested more than 100 CCF fuzes in laboratory and gun-fired environments culminating in the 2005 demonstration where BAE Systems fired M795 rounds equipped with its CCF from both the Future Combat Systems Non-Line-Of-Sight Cannon The BAE Systems Land and Armaments Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon (NLOS Cannon) is a 155 mm cannon intended to provide improved responsiveness and lethality to the "Unit of Action" (UA) commander as part of the US Army's Future Combat Systems project. System Demonstrator and an M109A5 at the Army's Yuma Proving Ground The U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground is one of the largest military installations in the world. Situated in southwestern La Paz County and western Yuma County in southwestern Arizona, U.S. . Analysis from the demonstrations confirmed the projectiles equipped with the two-directional CCF solution achieved a precision error of significantly less than 50 meters, which was three times more accurate than the control rounds. Since that time, the company has continued to mature its design with an aggressive internal program to offer a cost-effective, low-risk solution to the Army that can be fielded with an accelerated system development and demonstration phase.
BAE Systems' CCF can be quickly integrated to fire from today's artillery platforms with no impact on current operating procedures. It can be employed on U.S. 155 mm and 105 mm projectiles, and operates with current and future fire control systems and artillery platforms. Its design requires few moving parts, no steering subsystems and no guidance subsystem to minimize cost and risk and enhance reliability.
About BAE Systems
BAE Systems is the premier trans-Atlantic defense and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions and customer support services support services Psychology Non-health care-related ancillary services–eg, transportation, financial aid, support groups, homemaker services, respite services, and other services . BAE Systems, with more than 100,000 employees worldwide, had 2005 sales that exceeded $28 billion.