Israel plans to replenish its aerial ordnance stocks with the procurement of thousands of US made warheads and guidance kits worth over $1.8 Billion. The State Department published a request for Congress approval for this acquisition. The package includes several types of GPS and laser guided munitions, missiles and deep target penetrating bombs shells that can defeat deeply buried targets.
The US Marine Corps plans to integrate the newly fielded Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) rocket onto the MQ-8B Firescout unmanned helicopter. The US Navy recently awarded a contract for such integration to the weapon developer BAE Systems.
Recent test demonstrated the French guided weapon AASM capability to hit fast moving targets with one-meter accuracy, using terminal homing by laser, in addition to the GPS/INS guidance. The French Air Force and Navy are expected to field the new capability in 2012.
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