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Advanced precision kill weapon system (apkws), United States of America

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Advanced precision kill weapon system (apkws), United States of America

  1. 1. • INTRODUCTION • Design and warheads • Guidance and control system • DEVELOPMENT • WEAPON SYSTEM
  2. 2. • The Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) is a combat-proven, laser-guided 70mm rocket system designed and manufactured by BAE Systems in collaboration with the US Government. • The weapon system is currently deployed by the US military forces. • The US Navy signed a letter of offer and acceptance with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for the sale of the APKWS weapon, as part of a foreign military sale, in May 2014.
  3. 3. • The advanced, highly precise APKWS rocket system features a point-and-shoot design and requires no maintenance. • It is capable of engaging stationary and moving enemy targets with greater flexibility, while offering superior survivability for the crew. • The rocket system is equipped with wing assemblies and folding fins. Each wing is mounted with unique, low-cost laser seeker collection optics.
  4. 4. • The APKWS is fitted with a plug and play compatible distributed aperture semi-active laser seeker (DASALS) guidance and control system between warhead and rocket motor. • DASALS is used to transform unguided rockets into precision munitions. • It allows the weapon system to engage soft and lightly armoured targets in restricted areas with minimum collateral damage.
  5. 5. • The APKWS development programme was started by the US Army in 2002 but was cancelled in January 2005. • The US Army commenced a new development programme called APKWS II in 2005. • BAE Systems received the first low-rate initial production (LRIP) contract from the US Navy in July 2010 and the second LRIP contract in January 2011. • BAE Systems received a $28m support from the US Navy for full-rate production of APKWS rocket systems in January 2013.
  6. 6. • The weapon system was first test-fired from the US Marine Corps' (USMC) AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter in September 2007 and from OH-58 Kiowa helicopter in December 2007. • A Hawker Beechcraft AT-6C aircraft successfully fired the APKWS rocket in February 2012. • The US Army and the US Navy conducted test firing of the weapon system from airborne helicopters at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida in May 2012.
  7. 7. • http://www.army-technology.com/projects/advanced- precision-kill-weapon-system-apkws/

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