During the demonstration, the U.S. Army fired DAGGER rounds at a variety of target areas located in mountainous terrain. The rounds were fired under field conditions, including minimum and maximum range and hot and cold round temperatures. Seven of eight rounds reaching the target area landed within 10 meters of their target, a level of precision impossible with an unguided mortar munition. According to Bill Patterson,’s DAGGER program manager. “DAGGER has demonstrated a high level of maturity, and we are ready to put it in production and get it to the soldiers in the field immediately.”
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, providing the guidance and target reference for the bomb. Target data is fed to the bomb’s autopilot before firing, from the fire control system, which also calculates firing solutions, trajectories and hit probabilities. After firing the spring-loaded fins are retracted, stabilizing the bomb by providing divert forces for trajectory shaping and terminal correction, to achieve the high accuracy claimed for this weaopn. A future addition of laser homing system will be used, bringing the Dagger’s accuracy to sub-metric levels.