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US Marine Corps confirm APKWS use in Afghanistan

27th April 2012 - 11:30 GMT | by Tony Osborne in London


The US Marine Corps (USMC) has confirmed it has begun using the BAE Systems APKWS II WGU-59B laser-guided rocket system in Afghanistan.

A statement to Shephard from the Third Marine Air Wing (Forward), based at Camp Leatherneck in Helmand Province, said that the '3D MAW (FWD) began supporting marines on the ground with the APKWS in March,' but would not confirm the date of first firing or the sort of targets it has been used against. The USMC declared initial operating capability of the system on March 27.

The statement added: 'It was specifically chosen for employment due to its

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Tony Osborne


Tony Osborne

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

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