Bell Helicopters (Booth No. N5612) and BAE Systems announced the successful qualification of BAE’s Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) on the Bell 407GT. The APKWS technology transforms a standard 2.75-inch rocket Hydra-type unguided rocket into a laser-guided precision weapon able to strike soft and lightly armored targets in built-up and confined areas. BAE Systems designed the APKWS technology to fill the gap between the Hellfire missile and unguided rockets. The company is the prime contractor for the program, which is managed by the Navy.
“Our APKWS rockets struck targets ranging from 1.5 kilometers to 5 kilometers away at the Yuma, Ariz. range, at both direct and off-axis angles. It hit the target–a lightly armored vehicle–each time,” said David Harrold, director for precision guidance solutions at BAE Systems. “The 407GT platform is significant because it is Bell Helicopter’s first commercially qualified, armed helicopter, configurable to perform a wide range of missions.”