Netherlands Buys Excalibur Precision Munitions From US Raytheon

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The Excalibur as a precision-guided, extended-range projectile compatible with the PzH 2000, a self-propelled howitzer produced in Germany.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Netherlands Ministry of Defense is buying Excalibur 1b precision-guided artillery ammunition from the Raytheon Company, the US defense giant announced in a press release on Monday.

"When fired from the Dutch PzH 2000 artillery system, Excalibur can fly up to 50 kilometers, score a direct hit and deliver lethal effects in all types of weather and battlefield conditions," Raytheon's Excalibur Program Director Mark Hokeness said in the press release.

The artillery munition, Raytheon explained, is equipped with GPS guidance to provide accurate, first-round effects capability at extended ranges.

The US Army has determined Excalibur 1b is fully compatible with the PzH 2000, a self-propelled howitzer produced in Germany, the release said.

Raytheon described Excalibur as a precision-guided, extended-range projectile that uses GPS guidance to provide accurate, first-round-effects capability in any environment.

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It is already used by the US Army and Marines and several international military forces, the release said.

Nearly 770 Excalibur rounds have been fired in combat and the munition consistently strikes less than two meters from a precisely-located target, Raytheon said.

The Raytheon Company had 2014 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide. It is based in Waltham, Massachusetts and specializes in defense, civil government and cybersecurity markets throughout the world, according to the company’s web site.

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