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General Dynamics, BAE to jointly develop 81mm RCGM


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ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA (BNS): General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems and BAE Systems have teamed to develop, demonstrate and produce the 81mm Roll Controlled Guided Mortar (RCGM), an affordable 81mm precision mortar round.

The companies will be conducting tactical demonstrations early in 2012.

"RCGM will put, for the first time, a low-cost indirect precision system into the hands of the front-line soldier, dramatically increasing his combat effectiveness," Ian Anderton, managing director of BAE Systems' Munitions business said in a statement.

The 81mm RCGM uses the current UK L41 round and US M734A1 fuze, but incorporates GPS guidance and General Dynamics' patented Roll Controlled Fixed Canard (RCFC) technology to provide a precision strike capability.

"Our teaming with BAE Systems will provide the infantry with a lightweight, portable, precision strike capability based on General Dynamics' innovative Roll Control Guided Mortar technology," said Michael Wilson, President of General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems.

By using existing warheads and fuzing with our low-cost control and guidance system, we can offer a truly affordable precision mortar round to the US, UK and allies across the world, he added.

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