RAYTHEON, TNO UNVEIL NEW RAMJET-POWERED ARTILLERY ROUND
An Arizona-based US armaments company has collaborated with the Dutch firm in producing the XM1155 extended range artillery projectile capable of hitting targets 100 kilometers away under a $7.9 million deal with the US Army, GlobalSecurity.org reported on May 11, 2020.
The deal was cut by Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a subsidiary of Raytheon Techonologies, and the Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center at the Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey. Raytheon will team up with the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek (TNO) of the Netherlands in designing the ramjet engine and integrate it with the system's airframe, seeker, warhead and other components.
"The ramjet-powered artillery round will allow our nation's military to strike farther and faster than anything our adversaries have in their arsenals," said Tom Laliberty, vice president of Land Warfare & Air Defense.
The tactical 155mm XM1155 will be able to strike moving and stationary high-value targets on land and at sea. The maneuverable, extended-range airframe will be compatible with legacy and future 155mm artillery systems.