The US Navy has awarded a $224 million worth contract to BAE Systems for the production and delivery of an additional 10,185 Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS), the Department of defense announced Wednesday.
“BAE Systems, Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc., Hudson, New Hampshire, is awarded $224,331,310 for modification (P00001) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price delivery order (N0001918F2505) on indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract (N00019-17-D-5517). This modification provides for the production and delivery of an additional 10,185 Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems II (WGU-59/B) under full-rate Production Lot 7,” the statement says.
The release said the “procurement of the additional units will upgrade the current 2.75-inch rocket system to a semi-active laser-guided precision weapon in support of the Air Force, Army, and foreign military sales (FMS) customers.”
The low-cost 2.75 rocket utilizes a laser guidance kit that gives it a precision-kill capability and allows the aircraft pilots to maintain a forward-firing, moving-target capability while increasing available ordnance per aircraft and provides a more efficient weapons match versus target sets.
Work will be performed in Hudson, New Hampshire; and Austin, Texas, and is expected to be completed in March 2019.
Fiscal 2016 Special Defense Acquisition funds (Navy); fiscal 2017 procurement ammunition (Air Force); fiscal 2018 procurement ammunition (Air Force and Army); and FMS funds in the amount of $224,331,310 will be obligated at time of award; $17,137,820 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
The release added that “this modification combines purchases for the Air Force ($144,188,996); Army ($58,590,322); Navy ($17,137,820); and FMS ($4,414,172)”.