APKWS II: Laser-Guided Hydra Rockets in Production At Last

The versatile Hydra 70mm rocket family is primed for a new lease on life, thanks to widespread efforts underway to convert these ubiquitous rockets into cheap laser-guided precision weapons.

The benefits would be considerable, which explains why strong competition has emerged from all points of the compass. America’s “Advanced Precision-Kill Weapon System (APKWS)” is one of those efforts, and after numerous delays and false starts since its inception in 1996, an “APKWS-II” program finally entered System Design and Development (SDD) in 2006. In 2010, it finally entered low-rate production…

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Faster, please.

1 thought on “APKWS II: Laser-Guided Hydra Rockets in Production At Last”

  1. The problem with those rockets in the past was they were going to totally replace the cheap unguided version with the laser guided version. It’s a good idea as long as you have good weather. There are other limitations to the laser that while good for a lot of things, we shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bath water, especially when the unguided version is pretty inexpensive as far as weapons go.

    There’s still a place for the unguided 2.75 inch fleshette rocket…right in a Taliban troop concentration.

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