DSEI 2015

Partners in rocket precision [DSEI15, D4]

18 September 2015

MBDA (Stand S2-210) has signed an agreement with BAE Systems to market its 70mm (2.75in) Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guided rocket in Europe, writes Robin Hughes.

The APKWS system is a mid-body guidance section fitted between the motor and the warhead, which can transform a standard unguided 70mm (2.75in) munition into a precision laser-guided rocket. The upgrade requires no modifications to the rocket, launch platform, or fire control/launcher system and allows militaries to leverage existing infrastructure and munitions investment.

‘‘The APKWS rocket offers our customers high precision at a low cost,’’ said Paul Mead, group business development director at MBDA. ‘‘The system is suitable for a wide range of rotary- and fixed-wing platforms and complements our existing portfolio.’’

While the exact details of the agreement have yet to be defined, it is expected that BAE Systems will seek to leverage MBDA’s position as a prime weapon systems integrator in Europe, and the existing shareholder relationship between BAE Systems and MBDA, to exploit low-cost precision air-to-ground attack requirements in Europe.

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