The APKWS is a precision-guided version of the venerable Hydra 70-millimeter rocket that uses laser guidance to improve the accuracy of the previously unguided Hydra munition. The APKWS -- which uses existing Hydra 70 components such as launchers, rocket motors, warheads, and fuzes -- is intended to fill the need for air-launched weapons more powerful than the unguided Hydra 70, but which do not need the firepower of the AGM-114 Hellfire missile.
Precision rockets can carry a wide variety of munitions, from dispersed bomblets to small explosive warheads for use against enemy infantry, armored personnel carriers, light vehicles, and unfortified buildings.
BAE Systems will do work on this contract in Nashua, N.H., and should be finished by May 2014. For more information contact BAE Systems Electronic Solutions online at www.baesystems.com/Businesses/ElectronicSolutions, or Naval Air Systems Command online at www.navair.navy.mil.