DARPA orders precision guided mortars

BAE Systems has been awarded $9 million by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to convert a 60 millimetre mortar into a precision guided munitions system.

BAE Systems has been selected by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Advanced Technology Office to convert a 60 millimetre mortar into a precision guided munitions system.

The total value of the contract, if all phases of the development program are completed, will be approximately $9 million to BAE Systems.

DARPA’s Optically Directed Attack Munition (ODAM) program is a technology development and integration initiative to demonstrate a laser-guided, low cost optical seeker for the 60mm mortar.

BAE Systems says the systems will improve US military effectiveness by providing small, operational military units with cost-effective precision indirect munitions systems capable of operating in different battlefield environments.

“ODAM will provide a new capability for the war fighter based on low-cost, precision optical guidance of a munition that has never been able to operate with precision in the past,” said Aaron Penkacik, vice president of Advanced Systems and Technology for BAE Systems.

The ODAM program will take place over 24 months, culminating in a live-fire demonstration and delivery of 1,000 live rounds for government test and evaluation.

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