XM395 Precision Guided Mortar Munition

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XM395 Precision Guided Mortar Munition prototype at Fort Benning, Ga., Feb 2006 [1]

The XM395 Precision Guided Mortar Munition (PGMM) is a 120 mm guided mortar round under development by Alliant Techsystems.[2]

Design[edit]

The mortar round has no moving parts and maneuvers itself to the target by means of embedded thruster motors.[3] The guidance system shares the same Distributed Aperture Semi-Active Laser Seeker (DASALS) technology as the BAE Systems APKWS II rocket system.[4]

The most recent XM395 munition consist of a GPS-guided kit fitted to standard 120 mm smooth bore mortar rounds, that includes the fitting of a nose and tail subsystem containing the maneuvering parts.[5][6]

The Army bought 5,480 mortar guidance kits in response to an operational needs statement in Afghanistan. With the success of the XM395, the Army is seeking a guided 120 mm mortar program of record through the High Explosive Guided Mortar (HEGM) proposal. The HEGM would have the same range and accuracy with increased reliability and lethality. Deliveries wouldn't take place until around 2020, so ATK is pushing to continue orders of the XM395 to avoid an inventory gap if a contingency arises.[7]

Specification[edit]

  • Caliber: 120 mm
  • Range: > 7 km[3]
  • CEP: 1 m

Program status[edit]

  • December 2004: Alliant Techsystems regains an $80 million contract from the U.S. Army to begin production on the XM395 precision-guided mortar munition after a protest by Lockheed Martin a year previously.[2]
  • January 2006: Successfully completed the preliminary design review (PDR) stage.[8]
  • February 2006: Successful ballistic flight test at Yuma Proving Grounds.[9]
  • February 2007: Funding for program withdrawn in proposed FY2008 budget.[10]
  • March 2007: Successful guided flight test.[11]
  • April 2010: ATK's XM395 wins the U.S. Army's competition for the preferred mortar guidance kit.[12]
  • March 2011: XM395 munition kit makes its combat debut in Afghanistan.[13]

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