BAE has announced that the US Navy has signed a $2.68 billion ID/IQ contract for the purchase of thousands of additional APKWS Laser-Guided Rockets, seen here being fired at a fast boat from a Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopter.
BAE has announced that the US Navy has signed a $2.68 billion ID/IQ contract for the purchase of thousands of additional APKWS Laser-Guided Rockets, seen here being fired at a fast boat from a Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopter.

U.S. Navy awards contract for thousands of BAE Systems APKWS Laser-Guided Rockets

Following a U.S. Department of Defense announcement in September 2019, BAE Systems announced that the U.S. Navy has signed a $2.68 billion indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for the purchase of thousands of additional APKWS® Laser-Guided Rockets, the company’s combat-proven, low-cost precision munition. The contract demonstrates continuing demand for precision strike capabilities that empower and protect warfighters while reducing collateral damage.

“Our armed forces customers are looking to apply just the right amount of force at the right location to execute their missions without unnecessary damage,” said Marc Casseres, director of Precision Guidance and Sensing Solutions at BAE Systems. “APKWS rockets provide warfighters with the unique ability to precisely engage targets without excessive force, reducing the risk to nearby forces, civilians, and assets. It’s the driving force behind growing global demand.”

The APKWS rocket exceeds program requirements as the most accurate precision guided weapon in its class. It is utilized by all four U.S. armed forces, with deliveries to numerous allied countries.Fired from more than 20 different fixed- and rotary-wing platforms
The APKWS rocket exceeds program requirements as the most accurate precision guided weapon in its class. It is utilized by all four U.S. armed forces, with deliveries to numerous allied countries.Fired from more than 20 different fixed- and rotary-wing platforms

The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract enables the Navy to purchase APKWS guidance kits over a five-year period, representing full-rate production lots 8-12. To meet growing demand, BAE Systems has ramped up production at its advanced manufacturing facilities in Hudson, New Hampshire and Austin, Texas and established a robust supply chain.

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The APKWS laser-guided rocket is used by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Army, and is available to allied nations via Foreign Military Sales. The Advanced precision kill weapon system (APKWS) guidance kit transforms an unguided 2.75-inch (70 millimeter) rocket into a precision-guided rocket, giving warfighters a low-cost surgical strike capability. APKWS rockets fill the gap between unguided rockets and large precision munitions, and are the U.S. government’s only program of record for 2.75″ laser-guided rockets.

BAE has announced that the US Navy has signed a $2.68 billion ID/IQ contract for the purchase of thousands of additional APKWS Laser-Guided Rockets, seen here being fired at a fast boat from a Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopter.
BAE has announced that the US Navy has signed a $2.68 billion ID/IQ contract for the purchase of thousands of additional APKWS Laser-Guided Rockets, seen here being fired at a fast boat from a Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopter.
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