Precision weapons significantly reduce the risk to civilians and friendly forces, hence the US military’s preference for the likes of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guided rocket of BAE Systems (Hall 6, Stand B636). The system is already in service with the US Navy, Marine Corps, Army and US Air Force, and is available to allied nations through the US foreign military sales process.
BAE Systems has been awarded a $175 million contract by the US Navy for more than 7,000 APKWS laser-guided rockets. This latest award was made under the Navy’s 2016 $600 million indefinite delivery/ indefinite quantity contract.
Further orders are expected to bring the total number of units for this production lot to 17,500. According to BAE Systems, production capacity continues to be built up towards a level of more than 20,000 units a year.
By installing a guidance kit between the warhead and engine of an unguided rocket, BAE Systems innovatively transformed the standard 2.75in (70mm) rocket into the APKWS. It is the only guided 2.75in rocket qualified both by the US Department of Defense and for use on multiple military rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft.