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Eurosatory 2016: Nexter unveils Menhir 155 mm guided roundNicholas de Larrinaga, Paris - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly15 June 2016 Nexter revealed at Eurosatory 2016 that it is developing a new guided and extended range 155 mm artillery round called Menhir.(Nick de Larrinaga)According to company vice president Mohamed Ben-Ahmed, the round is currently in its demonstration phase. As part of this, Nexter has already conducted firing trial of the round.Menhir is guided via GPS and INS and features fold-out wings to extend its range (rather than using rocket assistance or base-bleed technologies).Nexter began development of Menhir around 18 months ago according to Ben-Ahmed, although he noted the company has been involved in developing guided ammunition for at least 20 years.(101 of 385 words)
IDF takes TopGun artillery guidance system into serviceAndrew Galer, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly24 May 2017 A still from an IAI video shows TopGun guidance kits fitted to 155 mm artillery shells being prepared for firing from an M109. Source: Israel Aerospace IndustriesThe Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has taken into service the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) TopGun course correction fuze, IAI's Brigadier General (rtd) Benny Mehr told the IPQC Future Artillery Conference in London on 22-24 May. He said the IDF has ordered 5,000 units and the system will be fully operational by 2019.Attached to standard 155 mm artillery rounds where the fuze is normally screwed in, the TopGun is essentially an add-on guidance kit that also performs the role of a fuze. IAI says it uses a GPS receiver to adjust the trajectory of the shell in flight and is capable of achieving a circular error probable (CEP) of 10 m at up to 40 km with a unit cost of USD20,000.Mehr said the IDF's requirement was for a munition that can operate in a degraded GPS environment, but declined to provide further details of the TopGun's anti-jamming capabilities.The fuze has been designed for all 155 mm guns with 52 calibre-long barrels. IAI has announced that it will shortly be producing a version that can be fitted to standard 122 mm Grad-type artillery rockets.(209 of 291 words)
Nammo working on ramjet-powered 155 mm artillery roundChristopher F Foss, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly25 May 2017 Nordic munitions house Nammo is developing a new 155 mm artillery projectile that is expected to have a maximum range of 90 km.Brief details of the new 155 mm round, which is being funded internally, were given by Thomas Danbolt, Nammo's product director for tank and artillery ammunition, during the IQPC Future Artillery conference held in London from 22 to 24 May.The new projectile will have a streamlined shape and be machined to much tighter manufacturing standards than conventional artillery projectiles. A ramjet propulsion system will enable it to achieve a range well beyond conventional 155 rounds, while a course correction fuze will give a circular error of probability (CEP) of well under 30 m.(140 of 294 words)
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