The Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System converts 2.75-inch Hydra rockets into laser guided rockets, or “smart” munitions, by adding a semi-active laser guidance and control mid-section. (Photo courtesy BAE Systems)
Defense Tech: Navy Places Big Order for Laser Guided Rockets
The U.S. Navy has placed a big order for laser guided rockets made by BAE Systems.
The sea service this week announced a potentially $600 million contract with the U.S. subsidiary of the British aerospace giant for the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System, or APKWS, according to announcements from the company and the Defense Department.
The deal, which initially totals $130 million over three years, came a couple of years after the Navy started testing the so-called “smart” rocket launchers aboard MH-60R/S Seahawk and MH-60S Knighthawk helicopters.
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