U.S. Navy Orders Additional BAE Systems APKWS Rocket Guidance Kits

  U.S. Navy Orders Additional BAE Systems APKWS Rocket Guidance Kits

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HUDSON, N.H. -- October 10, 2017

The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a $59.5 million contract for additional
APKWS™ guidance kits to transform unguided 2.75-inch (70-millimeter) rockets
into laser-guided precision munitions. The new contract will enable BAE
Systems to continue to meet the growing demand for cost-effective guided
munitions for U.S. armed forces and allied international customers.

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The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a $59.5 million contract for additional
APKWS guidance kits to ...

The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a $59.5 million contract for additional
APKWS guidance kits to transform unguided 2.75-inch rockets into precision
munitions. (Photo: BAE Systems)

The new award, which follows a recent contract for $180.5 million, is part of
a 2016 indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity contract for more than $600
million. With the new award, BAE Systems has further reduced the per-unit cost
for APKWS laser-guided rockets, reinforcing its commitment to deliver customer
value.

“APKWS guidance kits are easy to use, cost-effective, and precise, and they
seamlessly integrate with existing munitions and platforms,” said Rachel
Guill, director of Precision Guidance Solutions at BAE Systems. “Our customers
are demanding APKWS because of their extreme precision and mission
effectiveness.”

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 state-of-the-art 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 critical 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. In a budget-constrained environment,
the combat-proven, cost-efficient APKWS laser-guided rockets enable militaries
to efficiently face new challenges  in densely populated urban battlefields.

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.

More information can be found at www.baesystems.com/apkws.

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