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General Dynamics - Support for Excalibur Program

General Dynamics : 15 August, 2007  (Company News)
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, was recently awarded $15 million for Hi-G 4-Axis Control Actuator Systems as part of its continuing support of Raytheon's Excalibur (XM982) Block 1a production program. This award brings the total Excalibur contract value for General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems to more than $30 million.
General Dynamics ordnance and Tactical Systems produces a variety of components for the Excalibur (XM982) program including the unitary warhead, the Hi-G 4-Axis CAS and a variety of precision metal parts. The unitary warhead combines penetration and blast fragmentation with Insensitive Munitions features designed to defeat multiple targets including personnel, structures, light armor and trucks in urban and complex terrain.

The Hi-G 4-Axis control actuator system provides command authority to support mission defined projectile maneuvers by using four motors and a power transmission mechanism that have qualified to 15,000 Gs. The actuator also features a patented cover ejection and fin deployment system and COTS electronics package.

Work for the Excalibur program is performed at the company's Niceville, Fla., Anniston, Ala., and Healdsburg, Calif. facilities.

Excalibur is the world's first precision guided artillery projectile and is currently fielded in Iraq. Since its inception, the Excalibur projectile has been dubbed 'the round that will transform canon artillery.' Excalibur provides better than 10-meter accuracy, not available from any other artillery projectile. The projectile's accuracy and increased effectiveness reduce the logistical burden for deployed ground forces. It also provides lower collateral damage through its concentrated fragmentation pattern, increased precision and near-vertical descent.
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