BAE Systems, one of the largest defense companies in the world, successfully tested a ground version of its popular Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS).
First introduced in the early 2010s, the APKWS is able to convert unguided rockets into precision-guided munitions. BAE Systems achieved that conversion with the addition of a laser guidance kit to the unguided munition. The most common unguided rocket to be converted is the Hydra 70. But the conversions aren’t limited to that. Seventeen international aerial platforms (fixed-wing and rotary-wing) are able to field the APKWS.
These are the rotary-wing qualified platforms: AH-64D/E Apache, AH-1W/Z Super Cobra/Viper, AH-6 Little Bird, AH-1F Cobra, OH-58 Kiowa Warrior, UH-1Y Venom, IA-407 Bell, MH-60S/R Knighthawk, Seahawk, UH-60L/M Blackhawk, ARH Tiger
These are the fixed-wing qualified platforms: F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-18 Hornet, AV-8B Harrier, A-208 Combat Caravan, A-29 Super Tucano, A-10 Thunderbolt, OV-10 Bronco.