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The procurement of the additional APKWS II weapons will upgrade the current 2.75-inch rocket system to a semi-active laser guided precision weapon in support of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and the governments of Nigeria and the Netherlands.
The weapons and ammunition include 100 GBU-12 (500 lb) Paveway II Tailkits; 100 GBU-58 (250 lb) Paveway II Tailkits; 400 Laser Guided Rockets including Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) rounds; 2000 MK-81 (250 lb) bombs; 5000 2.75 inch (70 mm) Hydra 70 unguided rockets; 1000 2.75 inch Hydra 70 unguided rockets (practice); and 20000 rounds of .50 calibre machine gun ammunition.
The award was made under the Navy's 2016 $600 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, which is the contracting vehicle to supply APKWS rockets to the U.S.
Each APKWS rocket heads for a different boat, in essence swarming the swarm with tiny lethal munitions.
The APKWS is lighter and less expensive than the military's existing inventory of forward-firing laser-guided precision munitions and can be used faster, they said.
In February 2003, the Aviation Rockets and Missiles Project Office of the Tactical Missiles Program Executive Office, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., awarded General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products a 30-month (incentivized to 25-month) SDD contract to develop the APKWS. General Dynamics has contracted with BAE Systems, Nashua, N.H., to develop a newly designed guidance section that integrates with the existing Hydra-70 components and launch equipment.
Bahrain has requested attack helicopters AH-1Z, replacement engines, AGM-114 and APKWS II missiles, as well as radars, communications systems and other equipment, it stated.
APKWS rockets are seeing increasing use in theater because they deliver cost-effective precision strikes with reduced potential for collateral damage.
The APKWS II is a laser-guided rocket similar to standard Hellfire missiles, and serves as a low-cost, high-accuracy variant to the Hellfire missiles previously used against lightly armored targets.
Beechcraft has flown three AT-6 prototype/demonstrator aircraft and despite its loss in the LAS competition, USAF/Air National Guard-funded trials have continued, including test firings of the BAE Systems Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) and Raytheon Talon laser-guided rockets.
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