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]

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.[7]
  • February 2006: Successful ballistic flight test at Yuma Proving Grounds.[8]
  • February 2007: Funding for program withdrawn in proposed FY2008 budget.[9]
  • March 2007: Successful guided flight test.[10]
  • April 2010: ATK's XM395 wins the U.S. Army's competition for the preferred mortar guidance kit.[11]
  • March 2011: XM395 munition kit makes its combat debut in Afghanistan.[12]

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