The Nigerian Air Force will receive the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS), the US Department of Defense (DoD) confirmed in a 6 February contract announcement.
The USD225 million contract awarded to BAE Systems covers APKWSs for all four branches of the US military, as well as the governments of the Netherlands and Nigeria.
The APKWS upgrades 70 mm air-to-surface rockets into semi-active laser-guided missiles.
In August 2017 the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) listed the APKWS and GBU-58 Paveway II guided bombs as weapon options for the 12 Embraer EMB 314/A-29 Super Tucano light strike aircraft requested by Nigeria.
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