BAE gets USD 180.5m order for laser-guided rockets

The US Navy has awarded BAE Systems a USD 180.5 million contract to continue producing Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWSâ„¢) laser-guided rockets to meet the growing US and international demand for the systems, the company said.

APKWS rockets are seeing increasing use in theater because they deliver cost-effective precision strikes with reduced potential for collateral damage. The latest order, which is funded under the recently announced indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity contract, will help BAE Systems to meet increased demand.

APKWS laser-guided rockets allow militaries to leverage existing munitions and weapons systems investments with minimal effort and training. The APKWS mid-body guidance kit transforms standard unguided Hydra 70 (2.75-inch) rockets into highly accurate precision munitions by easily screwing into place between the warhead and the motor.

The exceptional accuracy of the APKWS laser-guided rocket makes it extremely versatile to address various missions, and its modular design enables streamlined deployment on fixed- and rotary-wing platforms. The technology is available to international customers through the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.