Since its introduction to combat in Afghanistan in March, about 100 of the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps new low-cost, precision air-launched missiles have been fired at enemy vehicles and troops from AH-1W Cobra and UH-1Y transport helicopters. The brain of the 2.75-in.-dia., 73.8-in.-long Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS) is a BAE Systems-built guidance system. At about $28,500 per copy, the APKWS costs about one-quarter to one-third less than other air-to-ground precision ...

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