The U.S. Army has selected BAE Systems as prime contractor for the Advanced
Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS II) program. The company received a $96.1
million contract for development, demonstration, qualification, and limited
production of APKWS II laser-guided rockets.
APKWS II will provide a low-cost, lightweight guided weapon that is effective
against soft and lightly armored targets and is well-suited to urban operations.
The system will be used on all Army and Navy aircraft currently operating the
Hydra 70 rocket. BAE Systems is partnered with Northrop Grumman and General
Dynamics. Production will begin in 2008.
BAE Systems uses a mid-body guidance approach that employs its Distributed
Aperture Semi-Active Laser Seeker (DASALS), also used on the Army's Precision
Guided Mortar Munitions Program. This common product platform is one of the
contributing factors in BAE Systems' low-cost APKWS II solution.
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