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US Navy issues APKWS contract

20th December 2019 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US Navy has issued a $2.68 billion IDIQ contract to BAE Systems for the APKWS Laser-Guided Rocket, the company announced on 18 December.

The contract enables the navy to purchase APKWS guidance kits over a five-year period, representing full-rate production lots 8-12. 

The APKWS rocket fills the gap between unguided rockets and large precision munitions, and are a US government program of record for 2.75” laser-guided rockets. 

Marc Casseres, director of precision guidance and sensing solutions, BAE Systems, said: ‘Our armed forces customers are looking to apply just the right amount of force at the right location to execute their missions without unnecessary damage.

‘APKWS rockets provide warfighters with the unique ability to precisely engage targets without excessive force, reducing the risk to nearby forces, civilians, and assets. It’s the driving force behind growing global demand.’

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