The United States Navy has awarded the British arms manufacturer BAE Systems a $ 175 million contract to produce more than 7,000 laser-guided rockets.
Known as the Advanced Death Weapons System (APKWS), rockets are standard 2.75-inch (70 millimetres) missiles that have been transformed into precision ammunition by installing a guiding kit between your warhead and the compartments the motor.
BAE Systems is increasing production to build an annual level of more than 20,000 units, and officials say that the US contract. UU It could be extended to 17,500 APKWS.
According to reports, the company began to deliver the rockets and expects to fulfill the contract ahead of schedule by coordinating production at the New Hampshire and Texas facilities, as well as in its supply chain.
The APKWS rockets are the only 2.75-inch guided variant that the US Department of Defense. UU It has been approved for use on board a series of rotary and fixed-wing military aircraft.
The United States Navy, the Marine Corps, the Army and the Air Force are among the known employers of the APKWS. The rocket is also available for purchase by foreign countries through the US Foreign Military Sales process. UU
Despite having great agreements with the USA. UU And its allies, mainly Saudi Arabia, BAE has been struggling to stay afloat.
The company announced in October last year that it would reduce some 2,000 jobs, largely due to lower demand for Hawk and Eurofighter Typhoon fighters.
The company has been pressured internationally to cease arms deals with the Saudi regime, which uses British-made weapons against the people of Yemen as part of a multi-year military campaign.
Source: ES News Front