BAE Systems said its Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System will be integrated onto a MQ-8B Fire Scout under a contract awarded from the U.S. Navy, with deployment to follow.
"APKWS' precision firepower will soon be available on a UAV platform," said Roy Rumbaugh, APKWS program manager at BAE Systems. "With BAE Systems' innovative technologies, the Fire Scout will engage targets on land or at sea with laser-guided accuracy while keeping our warfighters out of harm's way."
The APKWS, a 2.75-inch rocket system, recently underwent initial operational tests by U.S. Marines using AH-1W and UH-1Y helicopters. It has since been deployed in Afghanistan and the company continues to send units there.
BAE Systems has been the APKWS prime contractor since 2006.