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MBDA to Market BAE Systems’ APKWS™ Laser-guided Rocket in Europe

Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter fires an APKWS laser-guided rocket (artist rendering)
BAE Systems and MBDA sign agreement to support marketing efforts for the APKWS laser-guided rocket in Europe.

BAE Systems, Inc. today announced an agreement with MBDA to support marketing efforts for the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guided rocket. Under the terms of the agreement, MBDA will lead marketing efforts for the BAE Systems, Inc. APKWS rocket in Europe.

“MBDA’s position as a prime weapon systems integrator in Europe, and the existing relationship between BAE Systems and MBDA, made this agreement a natural fit,” said David Harrold, director of precision guidance solutions at BAE Systems, Inc. “As part of a global campaign, we anticipate this joint marketing effort will create a channel to meet the increasing demand from the European market for the APKWS rocket.”

The APKWS system is a mid-body guidance section fitted between the motor and the warhead, transforming a standard unguided 70 mm (2.75 in) munition into a precision laser-guided rocket to provide warfighters with a low-cost surgical strike capability. This highly innovative approach requires no modifications to the rocket, launch platform, or fire control/launcher system and allows militaries to leverage existing infrastructure and munitions investment.

“The APKWS rocket offers our customers high precision at a low cost,” said Paul Mead, group business development director at MBDA. “The system is suitable for a wide range of rotary and fixed wing platforms and complements our existing portfolio.”

More information on the APKWS rocket can be found at www.baesystems.com/apkws.

BAE Systems, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems plc.

For further information, please contact:
Paul Roberts, BAE Systems
Tel: +1 603 521 2381
paul.a.roberts@baesystems.com

Mati Hindrekus, MBDA
Tel: + 33 (0) 1 71 54 37 72
Mobile: + 33 (0) 6 33 86 98 07
mati.hindrekus@mbda-systems.com
www.mbda-systems.com

Ref. No.129/2015