Raining down Hell on the Taliban – ATK’s GPS-Guided Mortars
It’s definitely not going to be a very good year for our Taliban friends in Afghanistan. First with the Smart Bullet, then the military’s deadliest drone (X-47B) and soon it will be raining hell upon them with ATK’s GPS guided mortars.
The US Army is pushing to get precision mortars developed and deployed to the field in Afghanistan as soon as possible. ATK explains that its Mortar Guidance Kit converts mortar bodies into precision mortar rounds by replacing standard fuses in the mortar’s fuse well with a guidance kit.
Mortars are lighter and can be towed by a HMMWV or MRAP, or carried and fired from inside M113 or Stryker APCs, making them easier to deploy than heavier cannon artillery.
Check out this video of ATK’s GPS guidance kit for mortars, which was developed under a program called the Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative and is designed to give each round a 10 meter CEP accuracy at ranges of up to 11 miles.
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