ARL advances development of precision projectiles
May 16, 2011
Television coverage of the Gulf War brought to American families an unusual, and perhaps even exciting, glimpse at sophisticated combat capabilities that, in part, help define our military's global might.
During this time, news correspondents pulled out their most illustrative language to describe new "smart" weapons that were precise enough to even turn corners to hit targets, all while avoiding unintended targets and limiting collateral damage. These weapons, whether so large they have to be dropped from aircraft or small enough to be launched from a gun, well represent the most sophisticated technological advances of the U.S. Armed Forces and the edge they provide on today's battlefield.
But they're expensive to reproduce.
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory's solution to this problem has received support from Department of Defense policy and acquisition executives as well as units that would use them. In this latest video, journey through ARL's development of the Very Affordable Precision Projectile (VAPP).