The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a $175 million contract for more than 7,000 Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) Laser-Guided Rockets.
This latest award was made under the Navy’s 2016 $600 million contract, which is the contracting vehicle to supply APKWS rockets to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, as well as allied nations. This award extends that contract’s initial unit production cap and total value to meet the demand. The company expects additional orders to bring the total number of units for this production lot to 17,500, the company said in a statement Tuesday.
The APKWS technology transforms standard 2.75-inch (70-millemeter) rockets into precision munitions by installing the guidance kit between the warhead and engine of an unguided rocket.
APKWS rockets are for use on multiple military rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft.
BAE Systems to Provide 7000 APKWS Laser-guided Rockets to US Navy