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M935 Precision-Guided Mortar Munition (PGMM)

To effectively control his battle space beyond the direct fire fight, the battalion maneuver commander must have an organic extended range precision strike capability. The 120mm Precision Guided Mortar Munition (PGMM) will provide the battalion with a lethal, surgical strike capability to destroy high value targets beyond line of sight direct fire weapons. The PGMM is a multi-mission, multi-mode precision munition capable of defeating high value point targets at double the range of conventional 120mm mortar ammunition (12km required, 15km desired). Its modes of operation include laser designation and/or autonomous fire and forget, depending on the needs of the mission. Its infrared seeker detects and classifies targets, and inputs information through its processor to its guidance & control subsystems to ensure a direct hit on the target. The shaped charge warhead will defeat both soft and hard targets. The use of operational experiments and high resolution computer simulation are key components in the development of PGMM.

The Precision-Guided Mortar Munition (PGMM) ATD will demonstrate, through live fire and simulation, the ability of a guided mortar munition to defeat armored as well as high–value point targets. It will also demonstrate longer range, more accurate and more timely response to requests for fire through the integration of a lightweight fire control system. As part of the RFPI, the PGMM and fire control will be an advanced concept standoff killer in the RFPI ACTD. The ATD program consists of a 120–mm PGMM capable of finding and defeating enemy armor and other high–priority targets in an autonomous role, and a lightweight fire control to improve the accuracy and response time of fielded mortar systems. An initial test bed is being integrated on a HMMWV, with a follow–on effort to reduce the size and weight of the components. The program will focus on the azimuth reference unit and the software required to integrate the components completely and fire a PGMM against moving targets.


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