BAE Methods efficiently examined its AGR-20 Superior Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guidance kits with Excessive-Explosive Anti-Tank Anti-Personnel Anti-Materiel (HEAT/APAM) warheads from Common Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Methods (GD-OTS). Guided by APKWS steering kits, the rockets went three for 3 in opposition to armored targets, demonstrating their versatility to interact a broad set of targets and allow new missions for warfighters. APKWS steering kits rework unguided rockets into good munitions for precision strikes on smooth targets, tools, and armored targets. In the course of the take a look at occasion, BAE Methods launched rockets with HEAT/APAM warheads and APKWS steering kits in opposition to well-armored targets – together with a metal plate and an armored army automobile.

“We’re giving our clients extra in-mission choices for precision strikes in opposition to harder targets,” stated Sam Kirsh, APKWS program supervisor at BAE Methods. “APKWS steering kits with HEAT/APAM warheads present a low-cost, light-weight, easy-to-deploy strike functionality in opposition to armored and unarmored targets.”


Common Dynamics Unveils HEAT APAM Warhead for Superior Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS)

All take a look at photographs had been direct hits, defeating fortified targets at vary. The HEAT/APAM warheads are able to penetrating thick armor, which improves the flexibility of rockets guided by APKWS steering kits. The APKWS steering kits are additionally appropriate with 2.75” (70 millimeter) Hydra rocket parts – together with new and current inventories of motors, warheads, fuses, launchers, and laser goal designators. They require minimal coaching to assemble and fireplace, and may be fired from quite a lot of launch platforms, together with fighter jets, fight helicopters, floor autos, and distant weapon stations. APKWS steering kits have confirmed their accuracy in fight with tons of of profitable photographs fired with the M151 high-explosive warhead.

The AGR-20 Superior Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) is a design conversion of Hydra 70 unguided rockets with a laser steering equipment to show them into precision-guided munitions (PGMs). APKWS is roughly one-third the fee and one-third the burden of the present stock of laser-guided weapons, has a decrease yield extra appropriate for avoiding collateral injury, and takes one quarter of the time for ordnance personnel to load and unload. The APKWS II makes use of the Distributed Aperture Semi-Lively Laser Seeker (DASALS) know-how. This configuration permits current warheads from the Hydra 70 system for use with out the necessity for a laser seeker within the missile nostril. They’re hooked up in between the Mk 66 Mod 4 rocket motor and a warhead and fuze.

General Dynamics Unveils HEAT APAM Warhead for Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS)
The reside fireplace checks had been carried out on the Mile Excessive Vary in Sierra Blanca, Texas.