Pentagon Will Buy Ukraine Laser-guided Rockets - Media

70 mm Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS)
70 mm Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS)

J.Biden's administration turns to defense companies to complement the weaponry and other hardware it’s providing from U.S. stockpiles for Ukraine

According to the Washington Post, the Pentagon is expanding delivery of commercially available weapons and military equipment to Ukraine, detailing on Friday 6 its $136 million in purchases of aerial drones, laser-guided rockets, binoculars and other items set for shipment soon.

70 mm APKWS can be used from A-10 aircraft
70 mm APKWS can be used from A-10 aircraft

The weapons and equipment, to be purchased from U.S. companies, represent a separate category of military assistance than the vast quantities of armaments that the United States already has provided Ukraine from existing Pentagon stocks. This round includes $22.6 million worth of 70 mm rockets — known as the advanced precision kill weapon system — that can be fired from helicopters.

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The Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) is a combat-proven, laser-guided 70mm rocket system designed and manufactured by BAE Systems in collaboration with the US Government. The weapon system is currently deployed by the US military forces.

The lethal weapon system can be launched from rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft and unmanned platforms to strike ground, air and sea-based targets, and also supports close air support operations.

The advanced, highly precise APKWS rocket system features a point-and-shoot design and requires no maintenance. It is capable of engaging stationary and moving enemy targets with greater flexibility, while offering superior survivability for the crew.

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