The US Army has awarded BAE Systems a $33 million multi-year contract to further develop its long range precision guidance kit (LR-PGK) for 155mm artillery shells.
With the contract award, the army hopes to obtain long range precision strikes beyond 70 kilometers by 2023.
LR-PGK is a critical program in the Army’s 155mm extended range cannon artillery (ERCA) munitions suite, designed to deliver accurate fires at greater ranges than near-peer adversaries.
“We’re helping the army meet its precision strike objectives with this critical long range artillery capability,” said John Watkins, vice president of Precision Strike at BAE Systems. “Our experience in precision guidance, rugged electronics, and artillery platforms has helped us develop a kit that improves mission effectiveness.”
Under the new contract, BAE Systems will produce a series of LR-PGK fuzes for live-fire testing, further validating the solution and demonstrating its accuracy and reliability in challenging battlefield conditions.
Prior to the award, BAE Systems demonstrated the LR-PGK capability and performance at Yuma proving ground in September 2019. The company noted it committed significant investment to deliver on the army’s modernization goals by intentionally designing the LR-PGK’s modular architecture for low-cost production and upgradeability.