The Pentagon today announced a $73 million contract to BAE Systems Land & Armaments L.P., Minneapolis, Minnesota, to develop navigation and control, networking and payload technologies that enable precision fires at very long ranges for 155 mm projectiles.
Work will be performed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with an estimated completion date of April 27, 2026.
155 mm projectiles are used in artillery guns.
This very big bullet is made up of four parts: the detonating fuse, projectile, propellant and primer. The 155 mm shells can be configured in many ways: They can be packed with highly explosive material, use precision guided systems, pierce armor or produce high fragmentation.
Howitzer fires can strike targets up to 24-32km away, depending on what type of round and firing system is used. The 155mm howitzer round is one of the most requested artillery munitions of the war in Ukraine.
Ukrainian parliamentary member Oleksandra Ustinova claims 155 mm rounds are being fired at a rate of 6,000 to 8,000 a day.