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BAE Systems receives order for APKWS

10th May 2018 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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BAE Systems has received a $175 million contract from the US Navy to deliver more than 7,000 Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guided rockets, the company announced on 8 May.

The contract has been awarded under the navy’s 2016 $600 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, which is the contracting vehicle to supply APKWS rockets to the US Navy, US Marine Corps, US Army and US Air Force, as well as allied nations.

The APKWS technology converts standard 2.75in rockets into precision munitions by installing the guidance kit between the warhead and engine of an unguided rocket. The rocket minimises collateral damage in close proximity to targets.

Marc Casseres, director of precision guidance and sensing solutions at BAE Systems, said: ‘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.

‘With APKWS, our customers get a high-quality, reliable, easy-to-use product that is designed to hit intended targets with extreme accuracy.’

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