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.