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BAE awarded $59.5 million Navy contract

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October 11. 2017 2:36PM
The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a $59.5 million contract for additional APKWS guidance kits to transform unguided 2.75-inch rockets into precision munitions. (COURTESY/BAE SYSTEMS)

HUDSON — The U.S. Navy awarded BAE Systems a $59.5 million contract for additional guidance kits to transform unguided 2.75-inch rockets into laser-guided precision munitions, the company announced Wednesday.

The award, which follows a recent contract for $180.5 million, is part of a 2016 contract for more than $600 million. With the new award, BAE Systems said it has further reduced the per-unit cost for APKWS laser-guided rockets.

“APKWS guidance kits are easy to use, cost-effective, and precise, and they seamlessly integrate with existing munitions and platforms,” said Rachel Guill, director of Precision Guidance Solutions at BAE Systems, in statement.

In July, BAE Systems delivered its 10,000th APKWS guidance unit. As part of its drive toward annual production of more than 20,000 units, the company said it continues to invest in its manufacturing facilities in New Hampshire and Texas. The company recently expanded in Hudson, which inlcudes two buildings with more than 550,000 square feet of space on a 190-acre campus.

BAE, the state’s largest manufacturer, employs more than 5,000 people in New Hampshire. It also has campuses in Nashua and Merrimack.


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