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General Dynamics, BAE demonstrates 81mm Precision Mortar Round

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BOTHELL, WASHINGTON (BNS): General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems and BAE Systems have successfully demonstrated a tactical version of their 81mm Roll Control Guided Mortar (RCGM) at Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona, 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 US Army Armament Research Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, according to a General Dynamics news release.

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.

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