General Dynamics and BAE Systems Demonstrate 81mm Precision Mortar Round

Both­ell, Wash. – Gen­er­al Dynam­ics Ord­nance and Tac­ti­cal Sys­tems, a busi­ness unit of Gen­er­al Dynam­ics (NYSE: GD), and BAE Sys­tems (LSE: BA) have suc­cess­ful­ly demon­strat­ed a tac­ti­cal ver­sion of their 81mm Roll Con­trol Guid­ed Mor­tar (RCGM) at Yuma Prov­ing Grounds, Ariz., in Jan­u­ary.

Six­teen rounds were test­ed in total, all of which guid­ed to with­in an aver­age miss dis­tance of approx­i­mate­ly sev­en meters from the tar­get at ranges from 980 meters to 4,000 meters. 

The test­ing was con­duct­ed under a Coop­er­a­tive Research and Devel­op­ment Agree­ment (CRADA) with the U.S. Army Arma­ment Research Devel­op­ment and Engi­neer­ing Cen­ter (ARDEC), Picatin­ny Arse­nal, N.J.

The tac­ti­cal con­fig­u­ra­tion of the RCGM used the cur­rent UK L41 high explo­sive mor­tar round and a six-incre­ment propul­sion charge sys­tem pro­duced by BAE Sys­tems. The guid­ance pack­age devel­oped by Gen­er­al Dynam­ics con­sists of a GPS receiv­er, stan­dard M734A1 mul­ti-option fuze com­po­nents, and the company’s patent­ed Roll-Con­trolled Fixed Canard (RCFC) con­trol system. 

Daniel Paul, vice pres­i­dent and gen­er­al man­ag­er of Pre­ci­sion Sys­tems for Gen­er­al Dynam­ics Ord­nance and Tac­ti­cal Sys­tems, said: “Our part­ner­ship with BAE Sys­tems has result­ed in the near flaw­less devel­op­ment and demon­stra­tion of an 81mm pre­ci­sion mor­tar. This suc­cess is the result of a great team includ­ing the U.S. Army ARDEC and Yuma Prov­ing Grounds test com­mu­ni­ty. The teleme­try and high-speed video cov­er­age from the tests demon­strate, with­out a ques­tion, the matu­ri­ty and capa­bil­i­ty of our 81mm RCGM. We are now in a posi­tion to offer the U.S., UK and oth­er allies an afford­able guid­ed 81mm pre­ci­sion mor­tar capa­bil­i­ty in the very near term.” 

“The BAE Sys­tems 81mm mor­tar sys­tem is in ser­vice with more than 40 coun­tries world­wide, includ­ing the U.S. and UK, so we see a large poten­tial mar­ket for this low-cost pre­ci­sion round which can be fired from our mor­tar tube with­out any mod­i­fi­ca­tion,” said Ian Ander­ton, man­ag­ing direc­tor of BAE Sys­tems Glob­al Com­bat Sys­tems Munitions. 

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