A different munition is the M395 Precision Guided Mortar Munition ( ) under development at and Diehl of Germany as well as , which recently won a US Army development contract for the weapon. Lockheed Martin’s is based on Diehl’s Bussard artillery projectile, will provide the tactical commander with ‘surgical’ strike capability, to destroy high value / high risk targets. Using such munitions could increase the future effective range from 0.5 up to 15km. PGMM will not use rocket assistance for range enhancement, but utilize aerodynamic surfaces for the mid-course gliding. On the terminal phase, a semi-active laser homing seeker acquires the target and guide the munition to impact. Initial productions of the PGMM will be equipped with semi-active laser seekers, and be capable of a range of 7.5 km. Follow-on systems will have optional thermal imager, and extended range capability, as well as more choices for fuzes and warheads. The IR seeker will detect and classify targets, process the information automatically into navigation (GPS), guidance and control subsystems to ensure first-hit-on-target. A self-destruct mechanism eliminates the collateral damage from duds, for advancing troops. The initial phase of the program was completed in 2001 with successful live fire demonstration. Advanced development was started in 2002.
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