18 Oct 2017

BAE Systems wins APKWSTM contract

The US Navy has awarded BAE Systems a $59.5 million contract for additional APKWSTM guidance kits to transform unguided 2.75-inch (70-millimetre) rockets into laser-guided precision munitions.

The new award is part of a 2016 indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity contract for more than $600 million and will see the company further reduce the per-unit cost for APKWS laser-guided rockets as part of its drive to deliver customer value.

APKWS rockets are the only guided 2.75-inch rockets qualified by the US Department of Defense and are used by the US Navy, US Marine Corps, US Army, and US Air Force.

The APKWS laser-guidance kits enable warfighters to transform standard 2.75-inch rockets into highly accurate precision munitions. The easily assembled rockets enable critical airborne platforms – including A-10 Thunderbolt II, AH-64 Apache, AH-1W/Z Super Cobra/Viper, AV-8B Harrier, F-16 Fighting Falcon, UH-1Y Venom, and other fixed- and rotary-wing platforms – to deliver efficient weapons to soft and lightly armoured targets in confined areas while minimising collateral damage.

Rachel Guill, Director of Precision Guidance Solutions at BAE Systems said: “APKWS guidance kits are easy to use, cost-effective, and precise, and they seamlessly integrate with existing munitions and platforms.

“Our customers are demanding APKWS because of their extreme precision and mission effectiveness.”

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