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SAS14: Navy readies for APKWS

10th April 2014 - 11:38 GMT | by Beth Stevenson in National Harbor

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The US Navy is furthering development of its new LAU-61G/A Digital Rocket Launcher (DRL), paving the way for full Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS) deployment on its MH-60R/S helicopters.

The DRL entered into what the navy describes as ‘early operational capability’ in March and the service is now working towards IOC in 2015.

While a variety of weapons can be launched from the DRL, the APKWS laser-guided rocket has been identified as a primary candidate for use on-board the MH-60S, and potentially the MH-60R further down the line.

The navy is considering the weapon as a means of …

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