“BAE successfully tests ground-launched APKWS rockets for first time” –Defense News

Concept art shows a ground vehicle launching an APKWS rocket. (BAE Systems)

Defense News is reporting that APKWS (Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System) has been successfully tested as a ground based weapon system. This is a small light weight missile produced by adding a guidance kit to the common and inexpensive 70 mm (2.75″) Hydra rocket. It has normally been used by helicopters.

As we have discussed previously, this looks like a weapon system that would give even relatively small Coast Guard craft a substantial punch, out to beyond 8,000 yards, with a minimal danger of collateral damage. And of course the Navy could use them against swarming fast inshore attack craft.

Notably:

The company delivered more than 35,000 APKWS units by the end of 2019 and expects to deliver 18,000 in 2020.

2 thoughts on ““BAE successfully tests ground-launched APKWS rockets for first time” –Defense News

  1. This missile is a Navy Program of Record. I should be easy to procure and then mount them on ships and cutters. The vehicle mounted version could be driven onto naval auxiliaries and provide those a much better ship defense system.

  2. Pingback: “Taiwan’s Coast Guard Launches and Christens its Largest Vessel to Date” — | Chuck Hill's CG Blog

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