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More Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System Rockets Headed to U.S. Marines in Theater



  More Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System Rockets Headed to U.S. Marines in
  Theater

Business Wire

NASHUA, N.H. -- January 15, 2013

As a result of its continued success in theater, the U.S. Navy is buying more
BAE Systems Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS^®) rockets. The
company recently signed a $28 million full-rate production contract with
options to produce more APKWS rockets for the Navy. The latest award increases
the total full-rate production contract value to $69 million and extends
production through 2014.

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Joshua S. Martinez, UH-1Y Venom crew chief,
Marine Light Helicopter Squ ...

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Joshua S. Martinez, UH-1Y Venom crew chief,
Marine Light Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469, Marine Aircraft Group 38, 3rd
Marine Aircraft Wing (forward), conducts operations over Helmand province,
Afghanistan. HMLA-469 provided air support for counter-insurgency operations
in Helmand. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

“With this additional Navy order, our Marines in combat will have a continuous
supply of APKWS units at their disposal, enhancing their ability to reliably
and cost-effectively engage a variety of targets while minimizing collateral
damage,” said Joseph Tiano, APKWS program manager at BAE Systems. “The option
was exercised quickly, meaning more systems will go directly to the Marines,
who are already using the proven precision-strike capability in theater.”

The recent Navy order caps off an impressive year for the APKWS rocket, which
completed 10 live-fire tests over water against stationary and moving floating
targets off Naval Air Station Point Mugu in California earlier this year. Also
in 2012, the system was fired from a Beechcraft AT-6 light attack/trainer
aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base as part of an industry-funded demonstration.

The APKWS rocket is one-third of the cost and one-third of the weight of the
existing inventory of laser-guided weapons, and is the only Department of
Defense fully qualified guided 2.75-inch rocket that uses semi-active laser
guidance technology to strike soft and lightly armored targets in built-up and
confined areas. BAE Systems designed the APKWS technology to fill the gap
between the Hellfire missile and unguided rockets. The company produces the
mid-body guidance kit, which changes a standard unguided rocket into a
precision laser-guided missile.

More than 100 of the APKWS rockets have been fired in action in Afghanistan
since the Marines first deployed the weapon in March 2012. None of the APKWS
rockets fired has missed its target due to failure after launch.

The APKWS rocket is qualified on the AH-1W and UH-1Y helicopters, and is
expected to be similarly qualified for use on several other rotary- and
fixed-wing aircraft. The system is available to allied forces through foreign
military sales.

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Contact:

BAE Systems
Karen Spiller
Mobile: 603-566-2090
karen.spiller@baesystems.com
www.baesystems.com/apkws
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