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APKWS heading for Afghanistan

24th February 2012 - 17:03 GMT | by Tony Skinner in London, UK


The US Navy has completed operational testing of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) and the weapon will soon be deployed with US Marine Corps (USMC) helicopter units in Afghanistan.

The system, which is currently in low-rate initial production (LRIP) with contractor BAE Systems, concluded initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) testing in January following more than 50 test firings from USMC AH-1W and UH-1Y helicopters to ranges out to 5km.

Director of BAE Systems’ precision guidance solutions group John Watkins confirmed that the company was currently delivering APKWS to the USMC for fielding with operational units.

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