Tuesday, May 22, 2012

APKWS successfully tested

APKWS test on armored vehicle. Eglin photo
BAE Systems said Tuesday that the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System scored its first-ever penetrating guided-rocket shots with the M282 warhead during tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The tests showed the product's ability to engage targets at close range and penetrate complex targets. Using inert M282 warheads with unmodified flight software, APKWS engaged six targets from airborne helicopters at ranges of 1.5 to 4 kilometers. All six shots hit the target less than two meters from the laser spot. During two live warhead ground shots, APKWS rockets with the M282 warheads penetrated a triple brick wall and an M114 armored personnel carrier. (Source: Business Wire, 05/22/12)