The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the Netherlands of 199 Excalibur Increment IB M982Al tactical projectiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $40.55 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.
Excalibur is a prominent product among the guided howitzer ammunition. It has been working on it for a long time to further develop the product.
The Government of the Netherlands has requested to buy 199 Excalibur Increment IB M982Al tactical projectiles. Also included with this request is U.S. Government technical assistance, training, associated support equipment, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The total estimated program cost is $40.55 million.
There has been an increasing interest in guided howitzer ammunition in recent years. Guided ammunition becomes more important considering extending the range of howitzer ammunition.
The Netherlands will integrate these munitions with conventional artillery units equipped with the PzH2000NL self-propelled howitzer (SPH) to provide precision fires capability in order to reduce collateral damage and increase effectiveness in various areas of operation.