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AUSA 2012: APKWS is prepared for life at sea

22nd October 2012 - 17:15 GMT | by Tony Osborne in Washington DC

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The US Navy is preparing to send the BAE Systems-made Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) to sea, it has emerged.

A Rapid Deployment Capability (RDC) effort is underway by Naval Air Systems Command's PMA-242 office to fit the system to the MH-60S. The project comes on top of plans to also fit the weapon to the MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned helicopter.

The plan is to give a carrier-based MH-60S a light strike capability against threats such as small boats. The weapon will be fired from a digital 19-round rocket pod, this will give the navy the opportunity to mix

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Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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