US Navy wants rockets for ‘Hogs and Harriers

How about A-10s and AV-8Bs firing 2.75-in, precision-guided rockets!

The US Navy posted this presolicitation notice on the web site earlier this week. Apparently, the US Air Force or Air National Guard is also on board, hence the A-10s.

Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) intends to award a sole sourcecontract to BAE Systems, Nashua, NH for the FY10-12 development of theFixed Wing (FW) Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) II forAV-8B and A-10 platforms to support a Joint Capability TechnologyDemonstration (JCTD). It is anticipated that the resultant contractshall be Cost-Plus Incentive Fee type for the development of FW APKWSII weapons that show operational utility upon integration with AV-8Band A-10 platforms. Fifty (50) FW APKWS II plus FW APKWS II tests units(quantities TBD) including Navy Shipping and Storage Containers (NSSC)are to be delivered for technical demonstrations and operationalassessments.


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5 Responses to US Navy wants rockets for ‘Hogs and Harriers

  1. XBradTC 6 January, 2010 at 7:22 pm #

    They’ve been fooling around with this for 20+ years, starting with LaserZuni.

    LockMart has fired their DAGR for a couple years now.

    Apologies for the shameless self-pimping, but that’s just how I roll.

  2. jim 6 January, 2010 at 8:03 pm #

    How many rockets would each plane have in this scenario?

    And will the guided 2.75 inch rockets be able to do the new Hellfire II trick of attacking targets directly below or behind the aircraft? That seems extremely useful.

  3. muso 7 January, 2010 at 6:56 am #

    Wow – it reminds of another leap into the future which I found at

  4. Neptune 7 January, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    Good News!! “(APKWS) II for AV-8B and A-10″, both CAS planes have Litening pods and Lau/61 or Lau/3 (19rds.) pods. A10C with 4 pods. has 76 rounds of 10# of H.E.each. The laser guided rocket will have a devastating effect on the “targets”. As one source indicated the U.S. has “vast quantities” of 2.75″ (70 mm.) rockets in inventory. It will be a huge gap filler between the 25/ 30 mm.cannon rounds and the AGM/65E (300# H.E.) Maverick missles. Great call by the Navy!

  5. CBD 8 January, 2010 at 4:09 am #

    A-10′s a USAF bird, right? Does this mean the marines are taking them over…or just that the USN is looking out for the marines and soldiers receiving air support from them?

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