BAE Systems gets $180 million contractBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
June 12. 2017 9:13PM
HUDSON — BAE Systems announced this week that it has been awarded a $180.5 million contract to continue producing laser-guided rockets.
“The Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System mid-body semi-active laser guidance and control kit, which turns standard, unguided 70 mm rockets into precision guided munitions, is manufactured in our facilities in Hudson,” said Mark Daly of BAE Systems Electronic Systems external communications.
According to a release, APKWS rockets are being used more frequently because they deliver cost-effective precision strikes with reduced potential for collateral damage.
“Our newly expanded (Hudson) facility is up and running, and we’re in the process of ramping up production to manufacture 20,000 units annually, with room for growth,” said Daly, referring to the new contract with the U.S. Navy.
This is the second major contract in eight months awarded to BAE Systems to fulfill the growing demand for APKWS laser-guided rockets. Last fall, the company received an initial award of more than $130 million for a three-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract.
The latest order of APKWS laser-guided rockets will allow militaries to leverage existing munitions and weapons systems investments with minimal effort and training, according to a release.
“We’re delivering ahead of schedule even with the growing demand. Our APKWS rockets are critical to the mission success of our U.S. government and allied nation customers,” Rachel Gill, director of Precision Guidance Solutions at BAE Systems, said in a statement. “This high quality, reliable product is easy to use and provides accurate strike capability at a fraction of the cost of other precision munitions.”
The Hudson plant where the rockets will be manufactured — space optimized for precision guidance solutions — includes two buildings with more than 550,000 square feet of space on a 190-acre campus.
BAE Systems, a global defense and security company, has about 90,000 employees delivering products for air, land and naval forces, according to the company’s website.
BAE Systems works closely with missiles and infrared guided air systems to develop countermeasure techniques, and continues to grow its New Hampshire operations.
The company said last year that it intends to create up to 300 new manufacturing jobs in the Gate City under a proposal that would add four parcels to the existing Spit Brook Road Economic Revitalization Zone.