Germany began supplying APKWS rocket launchers to Ukraine. The information appeared on the website of the Bundeswehr that Germany this week handed over to Ukraine 20 70-mm rocket launchers for APWKS missiles based on pickups.
Due to the low cost of these missiles, their large stock, and the ability to correct strikes using drones, such missile systems can pose a serious danger, especially since it takes the operator only about 3 seconds to launch one missile, after which the launcher can leave the point of its start.
Earlier, Avia.pro journalists had already published video footage of pickup trucks being transported to Ukraine, which were extremely similar to APKWS launchers.
There were many more such pickups on railway platforms, which so far raises doubts that the video shows the delivery of German weapons.
However, even with their relatively short range, such weapons can pose a serious threat since they are highly accurate and controllable.
Among other things, it is also known about the supply of other German weapons, judging by the volume, for a very impressive amount.
Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System
The Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) is a guidance and control kit that converts unguided 70mm (2.75-inch) rockets into precision-guided missiles. The kit includes a laser seeker, control fins, and a GPS guidance unit.
It is designed to provide a low-cost, semi-active laser-guided missile capability for aircraft that are not equipped with more expensive, fully guided missile systems. The APKWS is used by the U.S. military and its allies and has been deployed in a number of conflicts around the world.
The Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) is a semi-active laser-guided missile system that converts unguided 70mm (2.75-inch) rockets into precision-guided missiles.
The system includes a laser seeker, control fins, and a GPS guidance unit. It is designed to provide a low-cost, precision-strike capability for aircraft that are not equipped with more expensive, fully guided missile systems.
The APKWS is intended to fill the gap between unguided rockets and more expensive missiles, providing a more precise and accurate strike capability at a lower cost than fully guided missiles.
The system is easy to install and requires minimal modification to the aircraft, making it a flexible and cost-effective option for adding the precision-strike capability to a wide range of aircraft.
The APKWS has been deployed by the U.S. military and its allies in several global conflicts, including in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria.
It has been used in air-to-ground and ground-to-ground applications and has successfully engaged many targets, including buildings, vehicles, and personnel.
The APKWS has proven to be a reliable and effective weapon system, with a high engagement success rate and a low collateral damage profile.
It has been well received by users, who have praised its ease of use and precision strike capability. As a result, the APKWS has become a popular choice for military forces worldwide seeking a low-cost, precision-strike capability.