BAE Systems’ robotic combat vehicle fires laser-guided rockets

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The British defense company BAE Systems has demonstrated the integration of its laser-guided rockets into a robotic combat vehicle.

The event marked the first time Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) rockets were fired using an autonomous vehicle.

The weapon reportedly hit multiple targets “with a human decision in the loop”.

According to the company, the robotic combat vehicle has a hybrid-electric drive system and can be equipped with various payloads, including the APKWS laser guidance kit.

It can also be equipped with electronic warfare sensors, anti-tank guided missiles and stray munitions to help neutralize armored and airborne threats.

Offer a unique capability

BAE Systems explained that the integration of APKWS rockets into an advanced ground platform could provide military units with a “unique capability” to engage enemy ground assets and low-flying drones.

The demonstration showed that the unmanned vehicle can fire sophisticated weapon systems to support missions in multi-domain operational environments.

The ground-launched APKWS can engage targets up to six kilometers (3.7 miles), providing fighters with enhanced precision strikes at extended ranges.

“Over the past year, we have partnered with leading technology companies to build an autonomous vehicle that will exceed military requirements,” said BAE Systems Director. Helen Park said.

Additional Features

The APKWS The laser guidance kit is designed to hit targets with pinpoint accuracy and minimal collateral damage.

It is equipped with an advanced distributed aperture semi-active laser seeker system to guide the rocket to the target with precision.

“In combat, our APKWS system has achieved a success rate of over 93% when fired from both rotary-wing and fixed-wing platforms. In fact, it is the most precision-guided weapon accurate in its class,” the company states on its website.

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