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Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System deployed to Afghanistan.

The Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS), the latest weapon in the fight against insurgency forces, was recently approved for its first deployment by Headquarters Marine Corps. The APKWS, the U.S. government's only program of record for the semi-active laser-guided 2.75-inch rocket, converts the Hydra 70mm unguided rocket into a precision guided munition through the addition of a mid-body guidance unit (WGU-59/B) developed by BAE Systems.

The APKWS is a "plug and play," "point and shoot" weapon, and is fired like the unguided 2.75-inch rocket. The weapon is easily assembled by removing the warhead, attaching the guidance section to the rocket motor using existing threads, and then remounting the warhead to the guidance section. The weapon is shot with minimal instruction, as if it were an unguided rocket.
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Title Annotation:Digest
Publication:Armada International
Date:Jun 1, 2012
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