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Heli-Expo: APKWS validated on-board new Bell aircraft

5th March 2013 - 23:34 GMT | by Beth Stevenson in Las Vegas

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BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) has been fired from a Bell 407GT at Yuma Proving Grounds, qualifying it for use on-board the newly-released aircraft. 

Seven of the 70mm rockets were fired as part of the qualification of the weapon’s safety and suitability on-board the platform in December. The testing was funded by Bell, and is part of an on-going effort by BAE to qualify the weapon system on-board different types of platform. 

The rockets struck targets ranging from 1.5-5 km, at both direct and off-axis angles, and hit the lightly armoured vehicle target each time.

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Beth is a former senior reporter for Digital Battlespace and Unmanned Vehicles magazines. Beth graduated …

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