BAE’s Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System or APKWS
We had been harping about laser shots and rail guns. Well, BAE has also successfully showcased their Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System, which basically entails a high-precision rocket system with a semi-active laser-guided mechanism. The entire setup features what is known as a point-and-shoot mode with no requirement of external maintenance.
As for its design, the APKWS comprises of wing assemblies and folding fins. These individual wings are in turn mounted with laser seeker optics, while the advanced weapon system is equipped with MEMS inertial measurement unit, along with state-of-the-art digital signal processing components.
Another unique feature of the APKWS is its capacity to be controlled by distributed aperture semi-active laser seeker (or DASALS). This plug and play compatible device is tailored to be fitted on to the weapon system, and can morph unguided munitions into precision rockets!
When all of these features are translated into practicality, the APKWS can used from both manned aircraft and unmanned platforms for a range of scenarios that includes land-, sea- or air-based targets, with a touted accuracy of 93 percent. And finally, it should be noted that the weapon system has been successfully test fired (by US military) from a number of variant platforms, including Hawker Beechcraft AT-6C aircraft, MH-60S helicopter and A-10 Warthog jet.