The Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) rotary wing and fixed wing guidance units are to be combined by BAE Systems.
A contract awarded to BAE Systems will see the company combine the guidance sections into one. The contract notice is as follows:
“BAE Systems, Information and Electronics Systems Integration Inc., Hudson, New Hampshire, is awarded $10,853,462 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N0001919F0019 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-16-G-0021) for the upgrade of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) guidance section.
This delivery order provides for non-recurring tasks to combine the Rotary Wing APKWS II and the Fixed Wing APKWS II Guidance Sections into one hardware and software solution.
Work will be performed in Hudson, New Hampshire (93 percent); and Austin, Texas (7 percent), and is expected to be completed in April 2021. Fiscal 2018 and 2019 procurement of ammunition (Navy and Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $10,853,462 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the fiscal year.
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.”
In March, we reported that the US Navy ordered 20,000 APKWS guidance kits from BAE Systems.
“We continue to deliver APKWS guidance kits ahead of schedule and ramp production rates to meet growing demand,” said Marc Casseres, director of Precision Guidance and Sensing Solutions at BAE Systems.
“We’re committed to providing warfighters with highly reliable, low-cost laser-guided rockets that allow them to engage targets with precision and improve their overall mission efficiency.”
The APKWS guidance kits are the US government’s only programme of record for 2.75-inch laser-guided rockets, and are available to all four US military branches and to allied nations via Foreign Military Sales.