U.S. Navy orders additional APKWS rocket guidance kits

The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a $59.5 million contract for additional APKWSTM guidance kits to transform unguided 2.75-inch (70-millimeter) rockets into laser-guided precision munitions.

The new award, which follows a recent contract for $180.5 million, is part of a 2016 indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for more than $600 million.

In July, BAE Systems delivered its 10,000th Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) guidance unit.

The APKWS laser-guidance kits transform standard 2.75-inch rockets into highly accurate precision munitions.

The easily assembled rockets enable critical airborne platforms — including A-10 Thunderbolt II, AH-64 Apache, AH-1W/Z Super Cobra/Viper, AV-8B Harrier, F-16 Fighting Falcon, UH-1Y Venom, and other fixed- and rotary-wing platforms — to deliver efficient weapons to soft and lightly armored targets in confined areas while minimizing collateral damage.

APKWS rockets are the only guided 2.75-inch rockets qualified by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and are used by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), U.S. Army, and U.S. Air Force (USAF).

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