United States Department of Defense has announced the awarding of contract worth $2,684,650,000 to BAE Systems, Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc. for Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) II for requirement of US Armed Forces and foreign military sales which include Philippines.
Pentagon said in a release dated September 25 that “BAE Systems, Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc., Hudson, New Hampshire, is awarded a $2,684,650,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) II full rate production Lots 8-12.”
“This award procures WGU-59/B units to upgrade the current 2.75-inch rocket system to a semi-active laser guided precision weapon to support Navy, Army, Air Force, and foreign military sales requirements to include the governments of Iraq, Lebanon, Netherlands, Jordan, Afghanistan, United Kingdom, Tunisia, Philippines and Australia,” the Pentagon said.
The Philippine Navy currently has Naval Helicopter Weapons Upgrade Project.
MaxDefense Philippines said the Navy will receive the APKWS II as part of the Naval Helicopter Weapons Upgrade Project which will also upgrade Navy’s unarmed AW109E naval helicopters.
The Philippine Navy currently has 2 armed AW109E naval helicopters and 3 unarmed AW109E naval helicopters.