General Dynamics has announced that the first system design and development
phase flight test of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) has been
The first flight test occurred in August 28 at the US Army's Yuma Proving Ground,
Arizona. During the test a 70mm APKWS guided rocket achieved a direct hit on a
laser-designated stationary target three kilometers away.
The APKWS rocket point of impact was less than a meter from the center of the
laser spot. This test has demonstrated the new rocket feasibility at medium
range. Future tests will focus on improved accuracy and performance at longer
The APKWS is a derivative of the combat-proven Hydra 70mm unguided rocket
currently employed by Apache attack helicopters and other aerial platforms as
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