Newsletter #223 | News
BAE Systems and MBDA sign agreement to support marketing efforts for the APKWS laser-guided rocket in Europe
Bae Systems, September 16, 2015 - BAE Systems, Inc. today announced an agreement with MBDA to support marketing efforts for the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guided rocket.
Under the terms of the agreement, MBDA will lead marketing efforts for the BAE Systems, Inc. APKWS rocket in Europe.
“MBDA’s position as a prime weapon systems integrator in Europe, and the existing relationship between BAE Systems and MBDA, made this agreement a natural fit,” said David Harrold, director of precision guidance solutions at BAE Systems, Inc. “As part of a global campaign, we anticipate this joint marketing effort will create a channel to meet the increasing demand from the European market for the APKWS rocket.”
The APKWS system is a mid-body guidance section fitted between the motor and the warhead, transforming a standard unguided 70 mm (2.75 in) munition into a precision laser-guided rocket to provide warfighters with a low-cost surgical strike capability. This highly innovative approach 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.”
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