Raytheon has received an urgent operational order for 1,037 155mm Excalibur extended-range, precision-guided artillery projectiles from the US Marine Corps (USMC).

The Excalibur, to be integrated into USMC regiment combat teams in Afghanistan, will allow the Marines to deliver responsive precision artillery fires across their operational theatre.

US Army Excalibur product manager lieutenant colonel Mike Milner said that Excalibur was used as a critical, life-saving capability in Afghanistan and tactics have been developed to enable its use on demand.

Excalibur’s GPS precision guidance technology allows accurate, first-round, fire-for-effect capabilities in urban settings.