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APKWS II  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2008
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: MK 90 Hydra-70
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: BAE Systems, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman
Parent System: APKWS
Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
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 II Applications


Combat Helicopters AH-1W Super Cobra AH-1Z Viper ARH-70A Tactical Support Helicopters MD-540F UH-1Y Super Huey Tactical Unmanned Rotorcrafts MQ-8B Fire Scout Trainers & Light Attack Aircraft A-10A Thunderbolt II A-10C Thunderbolt II

APKWS II Specifications

Dimensions
Caliber: 70 millimeter
Performance
CEP: 1 meter
Max Range: 5,500 meter
Min Range: 1,500 meter
Weight
Weight: 35 pound (15.9 kilogram)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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APKWS II News

There are 30 news between
16 Sep 2003 and 22 Oct 2013
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013APKWS Laser-Guided Rocket Successfully Qualified on US Army Apache Helicopters
Tuesday, April 9, 2013Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System Demonstrates Anti-Ship Capability
Wednesday, April 3, 2013US Air Force A-10 Fires its First APKWS II Laser-guided Rocket
Monday, March 4, 2013Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System Being Integrated on Bell 407GT Helicopter
Tuesday, January 15, 2013More Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System Rockets Headed to US Marines in Theater
Monday, September 17, 2012US Navy to Integrate APKWS on MQ-8B Fire Scout Unmanned Rotorcraft
Tuesday, May 22, 2012Test Demonstrates APKWS Short-Range Accuracy and Penetrator Warhead Performance
Tuesday, April 17, 2012US Marine Corps Deploys Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System to Afghanistan
Thursday, March 15, 2012US Marine Corps Complete Test and Evaluation of APKWS Laser-Guided Rocket
Tuesday, February 14, 2012Beechcraft AT-6 Becomes First Fixed-Wing Aircraft to Employ Laser Guided Rockets

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