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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2008
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: AGR-20A, MK 90 Hydra-70 and WGU-59B
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: BAE Systems, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman
Parent System: APKWS
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2008
Total Production: ?
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Description: The Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) is a derivative of combat-proven MK 90 Hydra 70mm unguided rocket employed by US fixed and rotary wing aircraft. The APKWS rocket features a semi-active laser guidance system which provides enhanced accuracy over existing unguided rockets. The APKWS will be able to achieve a direct hit on both moving and stationary targets. This innovative weapon consists of General Dynamics' Hydra-70 70mm unguided rocket offering several warhead configuration and BAE System's Distributed Aperture Semi-Active Laser Seeker (DASALS).

The APKWS development test series began in 2002. Test launch series are conducted from a ground-based M260 rocket launcher aiming at surrogate targets varying from 1,500 to 5,500 meters range. The test data is used to update the rocket built-in guidance autopilot. Flight tests are being carried out in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, by a General Dynamics, BAE Systems and US government team.

The US Army original APKWS program was replaced by the APKWS II program which inherited the efforts and technology developed under its parent program. APKWS II intends to attain further cost savings for the US Army through contract competition approach. Two industry teams are bidding for this program with the winner to be selected by the US Army before the end of 2005. Lockheed Martin and Raytheon are leading the two industry teams. Both APKWS II proposals are build upon Hydra-70 rocket body manufactured by General Dynamics.

On April 27, 2006, the US Army announced the selection of BAE Systems as prime contractor for the APKWS II program. The APKWS II precision-guided rocket critical design review was planned for July 2006 and series production were anticipated by 2008. BAE Systems won this contract in partnership with Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics. Its APKWS II solution employs Distributed Aperture Semi-Active Laser Seeker (DASALS) technology also utilized on the PGMM.

APKWS Applications

Combat Aircraft A-10A Thunderbolt II A-10C Thunderbolt II AC-235 AC-295 AH-1W Super Cobra AH-1Z Viper ARH-70A AV-8B Harrier II Plus F-16C Block 50 F-16C Block 52 F-16D Block 50 F-16D Block 52 MD-540F MUX Support Aircraft MQ-8B Fire Scout UH-1Y Venom

APKWS Specifications

Caliber: 70 millimeter
CEP: 1 meter
Max Range: 5,500 meter (2.97 nautical mile)
Min Range: 1,500 meter (0.81 nautical mile)
Weight: 35 pound (15.9 kilogram)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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There are 66 news between
16 Sep 2003 and 1 Jun 2020
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Monday, June 1, 2020BAE Systems Successfully Completes First Testing of Ground-Launched APKWS Laser-Guided Rocket
Friday, May 29, 2020US Army Orders Hydra 70 Rockets Through 2026
Thursday, April 30, 2020FMS: Philippines Seeks Six AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopters
FMS: Philippines Seeks Six AH-64E Apache Guardian Attack Helicopters
Tuesday, April 21, 2020BAE Systems to Deliver 18,000 APKWS Rockets in 2020
Tuesday, December 24, 2019US Air Force F-16 Shots Down Cruise Missile Firing APKWS Guided Rocket
Wednesday, November 20, 2019FMS: Morocco Requests Sale of 36 AH-64E Helicopters
Wednesday, September 25, 2019US Navy Orders Lots 8-12 Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II Rockets Worth $2.68 Billion
Tuesday, September 24, 2019FMS: Thailand Wants Eight AH-6i Helicopters
Friday, July 12, 2019FMS: Greece Wants Seven MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters

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