Now this is nifty!
For the US military: a GPS directed missile that can hit within 10 ft. of a target from 40 miles away.
Rivrdog comments, in a post blocked for some reason by the spam filter:
Sorry, the army's new MRLS missile has been trumped - by the Redlegs. On Future Weapons (Discovery Channel and Military Channel), they covered the new Swedish semi-automatic 155mm howitzer, the Archer, which can shoot almost that far. When they get the new US Army fin-stabilized, GPS-guided 155mm round, that long barreled Borors-on-steroids will be able to do what the missile does, only cheaper and MUCH more rapidly. The Archer fires so rapidly (20 rds/min) that it can put a barrage of 6 ordinary rounds on the same target at the same time, just by altering the angle of elevation. The tube deploys in 40 seconds and takes down as fast, with a crew of two, and on it's own all-terrain mover like a self-propelled howitzer (but it has only minimal armor, in the driving cab.
The arty piece has an extra-long barrel that they didn't talk about AT ALL on the program, because the technology of taming the whip of a barrel that long (and that lightweight) must BE THE SECRET OF THE CENTURY!
The piece also has sophisticated sights so that it can be used for very accurate direct fire. They fired on a compact automobile 3 miles away and scored a cold-tube first shot direct hit. Now, imagine you are a tank. This thing can probably hit you (with a 130# shell) at twice the range you can shoot at the arty piece at.
I'm impressed, but we'll have to stop buying Volvos if we buy many of these, or else the Swedes will get so rich that even they might make Socialism work, and THEN we'd REALLY be in trouble!
Word on the street is that the Excalibur, as many as 6 prototypes, have
already been field-tested in Iraq or Afghanistan. Baqouba Province comes
to mind somehow...