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GD’s Roll-controlled Mortar Passes Army Tests

Precision, reliability and cost-efficiency mark the U.S. Army’s requests to contractors. General Dynamics said it answered that request with the 120mm Roll Control Guided Mortar.

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems announced this week the RCGM underwent testing conducted by the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz.

“These tests fully demonstrate the viability of our system with respect to accuracy, fuze reliability and enhanced lethality for the warfighter,” said Michael S. Wilson, president of General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems. “By using existing warheads and fuzing, in concert with our innovative low-cost control and guidance system, we can offer a truly affordable precision mortar round for less than $10,000 per unit.”

The RCGM builds on the standard M934A1 mortar and M734A1 fuze components, and integrates GPS guidance and General Dynamic’s patented Roll-Controlled Fix Canard technology.

During testing, the rounds exhibited precision hits within 10 meters at ranges of 1,000 feet to 5,000 feet. The tests measured precision targeting, height of burst, point detonation and delay fuze modes, as well as performance in varying temperatures.

“This demonstration proves that the General Dynamics low-cost guided mortar is a viable competitive alternative which meets the Army’s requirements for affordable precision munitions,” Wilson said.


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