by Stephen Carlson
Washington (UPI) Jun 12, 2017
BAE Systems has received a $181 million contract for the Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System, or APKWS, upgrade kits for the U.S. Navy.
"We're delivering ahead of schedule even with the growing demand," said Rachel Guill, director of Precision Guidance Solutions at BAE Systems, said in a press release. "Our APKWS rockets are critical to the mission success of our U.S. government and allied nation customers."
"This high-quality, reliable product is easy to use and provides accurate strike capability at a fraction of the cost of other precision munitions."
The APKWS is designed to be an upgrade kit for the standard Hydra 70 2.75 inch unguided rocket. The system provides laser guidance for the rocket, allowing it to perform precision strikes.
The APKWS is designed to be very simple to install and requires a minimum of training to maintain. It is meant to provide a low-cost alternative to more expensive laser-guided weapons such as the Hellfire missile by using existing stockpiles of Hydra 70 rockets.
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
MdCN naval cruise missiles have entered service on French Navy FREMM frigates, providing them with a deep strike capability. The missiles from MBDA entered service without fanfare in February, noted Mer et Marine, and are carried by the frigates Aquitaine and Provence. The FREMM frigate Languedoc, slated to be commissioned soon into service, will also be equipped with the missile ... read more
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