An artist’s concept of an Apache helicopter firing a rocket at a ground vehicle target in the distance. Photo courtesy of BAE Systems
The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a $175 million contract for more than 7,000 advanced precision kill weapon system (APKWS) laser-guided rockets. The company expects additional orders to bring the total number of units for this production lot to 17,500.
BAE Systems is ramping up production to build toward an annual level of more than 20,000 units. The company is delivering the rockets to meet increased demand.
BAE hopes to deliver the rockets ahead of schedule through the coordinated efforts of its manufacturing facilities in New Hampshire and Texas as well as its supplier network.
The APKWS technology transforms standard 2.75-inch (70-millimeter) rockets into precision munitions by installing the guidance kit between the warhead and engine of an unguided rocket. The APKWS rocket’s accuracy is ideal for minimizing collateral damage to assets in close proximity to targets. It reduces risk for troops in the field while providing close air support.
APKWS rockets are the only guided 2.75-inch rockets qualified by the U.S. Defense Department for use on multiple military rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft. APKWS rockets are used by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force and are available to international customers via the U.S. Foreign Military Sales process.