U.S. Marines use Excalibur to limit collateral damage in Afghanistan
The U.S. Marine Corps issued an urgent operational need for 1,037 Excalibur rounds for use in Afghanistan.
“The Marines are using Excalibur as a critical, life-saving capability in Afghanistan,” said Lt. Col. Mike Milner, U.S. Army Excalibur product manager. “They have developed tactics to enable its use on demand and as a result, they have been able to conduct essential missions that would otherwise go unengaged.”
“Excalibur can precisely engage a target before close air support is available, and that availability has made the projectile crucial to the success of distributed operations in Afghanistan,” said Michelle Lohmeier, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems’ Land Combat product line. “The Marines have clearly embraced the capability, and their lessons learned will enhance future employment of Excalibur to provide even greater benefit to our warfighters.”