Spain to buy Raytheon’s Excalibur artillery projectiles

By Defence Industry Europe

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on June 14 that the State Department has given its approval for a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the Government of Spain. The sale involves M982A1 Excalibur tactical projectiles and associated equipment, with an estimated cost of USD 48.2 million.

The Government of Spain has specifically requested the purchase of 153 additional M982A1 Excalibur tactical projectiles, which will be added to a previously implemented case that fell below the congressional notification threshold. The initial FMS case, valued at USD 21.87 million, included 118 M982A1 Excalibur tactical projectiles. This new notification brings the combined total to 271 M982A1 Excalibur tactical projectiles.

In addition to the projectiles, the sale includes various equipment and support elements. These consist of a portable electronic Fire Control System (FCS), Improved Platform Integration Kit, Propelling Charge Modular Artillery Charge System, Simple Key Loaders (SKL), crypto cable, training aids, technical data, U.S. Government technical assistance, transportation, Excalibur spare parts, artillery cleaning sections, new equipment training, repair and return support equipment, support related to collateral damage estimation tables, and other related logistics and program support.

 

 

Raytheon will serve as the principal contractor for this sale. It is important to note that the implementation of this sale will not require the assignment of any U.S. Government or contractor representatives to Spain.

The M982 Excalibur, previously known as XM982, is a 155 mm extended-range guided artillery shell. It was developed through a collaborative effort between the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and the United States Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC). The Excalibur project involved prime contractor Raytheon Missiles & Defense, BAE Systems AB (BAE Systems Bofors), and other subcontractors.

 

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