The US military has awarded BAE Systems a $175 million contract for more than 7,000 Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) Laser-Guided Rockets.
This latest award was made under the US Navy’s 2016 $600 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract
, which is understood to be the contracting vehicle to supply APKWS to the US Navy, US Marine Corps, US Army and US Air Force, as well as an increasing number of allied nations. The company expects additional orders to bring the total number of units for this production lot to 17,500.
“Global demand for our precision strike capabilities is being driven by a need for munitions that can strike soft targets with accuracy surrounded by friendly forces, civilians, and valuable assets,” said Marc Casseres, Director of Precision Guidance and Sensing Solutions at BAE Systems.
“With APKWS, our customers get a high-quality, reliable, easy-to-use product that is designed to hit intended targets with extreme accuracy.”
BAE Systems continues to ramp up production capacity as it builds toward an annual production level of more than 20,000 units. The company say it is delivering APKWS rockets ‘to meet surging customer demand while maintaining an unwavering commitment to quality’.
According to the company:
“The innovative APKWS technology transforms standard 2.75-inch (70-millemetre) rockets into precision munitions by simply installing the guidance kit between the warhead and engine of an unguided rocket. The APKWS rocket’s extreme accuracy is ideal for minimising collateral damage to assets in close proximity to targets, thereby reducing risk for troops in the field while providing close air support.
APKWS rockets are the only guided 2.75-inch rockets qualified both by the US Department of Defense, and for use on multiple military rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft. APKWS rockets are used by the US Navy, US Marine Corps, US Army, and US Air Force and are available to international customers via the US Foreign Military Sales process.”