|I'm fascinated by precision guided weapons and I was doing a bit of research on GPS-guided artillery. Anyway, I was surprised that we don't have it working for naval artillery yet. Why is that? Excalibur is working for the Army. Isn't this a solved problem?
Excalibur is 155mm and the Arleigh-Burke guns are 127mm. Is the difficulty just shrinking the components? Or are the g-loads higher for naval guns?
The only active R&D program I found was BTERM from ATK. All the others have been cancelled it seems. Does BTERM work? Will it be fielded soon?
It would seem that GPS-guided naval artillery would be a really big deal. Once it works, wouldn't it dramatically improve the capabilities of the fleet? Maybe I'm overestimating its importance, because from what I've read it doesn't seem like an incredibly urgent issue for the Navy.
In my naivety, I'm thinking it could be like JDAMS, something that makes existing platforms dramatically more powerful. Am I wrong?