BAE Systems continues to deliver APKWS guidance kits ahead of schedule and ramp production rates to meet growing demand, say the firm.
The combat-proven Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) kits transform standard 2.75″ (70mm) Hydra rockets into guided munitions that provide pilots with a precision strike capability.
“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 military branches and to allied nations via Foreign Military Sales.
BAE say that the warhead of the Hydra rocket combined with precision guidance lets pilots strike light targets while minimising the risk of harm to friendly forces or civilian buildings nearby – making them ideal for dense urban combat.
BAE Systems continues to accelerate production of APKWS guidance kits at its state-of-the-art production facilities in Hudson, New Hampshire and Austin, Texas as it builds toward an annual production level of more than 20,000 units.