BAE Systems receives $59.5 million order for its APKWS guidance kits
HUDSON, N.H. U.S. Navy officials opted for additional Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) guidance kits to transform unguided 2.75-inch (70-millimeter) rockets into laser-guided precision munitions. The new contract is worth an estimated $59.5 million.
The new contract follows a recent $180.5 million award for as part of a 2016 indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract for more than $600 million.
In July, BAE Systems delivered its 10,000th APKWS guidance unit. As part of its drive toward annual production of more than 20,000 units, the company continues to invest in its precision guidance manufacturing facilities in New Hampshire and Texas. The company is also working closely with its strong supply base and has recently qualified several additional suppliers to ensure multiple sources to meet and exceed growing demand.
The APKWS laser-guidance kits enable warfighters to transform standard 2.75-inch rockets into highly accurate precision munitions. The easily assembled rockets enable 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 and are used by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, and U.S. Air Force.