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APKWS Mini MLRS   Army Guns 20+mm

Started 5/9/19 by gatnerd; 5275 views.
poliorcetes

From: poliorcetes

12/9/19

The last one is Spanish-made. By Expal, more preciselly

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gatnerd

From: gatnerd

8-May

Ground based APKWS continues to be refined; a self contained unit for mounting APKWS + Laser designator to various 'technical' vehicles

https://www.l3harris.com/all-capabilities/vampire

L3Harris’ Vehicle-Agnostic Modular Palletized ISR Rocket Equipment (VAMPIRE) is a portable kit that can be installed on most vehicles with a cargo bed for launching of the advanced precision kill weapons system (APKWS) or other laser-guided munitions.

VAMPIRE FEATURES

  • Designed to complement the low-cost, low-signature and availability of common NTVs and fit in any pickup or vehicle with a cargo bed
  • Installation can be completed in approximately two hours by two people using common tools
  • Can be configured to meet customer-specific requirements
  • Everything is on the pallet. Power supply eliminates the need for a 24-volt alternator on the vehicle
  • The WESCAM MX-10™- RSTA independent stabilized sighting system provides ISR overmatch
  • Can be equipped with APKWS or other laser-guided munitions

Telescoping aiming mast allows targeting with truck behind cover:

This would be a pretty fantastic system for Ukraine, as well as other smaller militaries relying on 'technical' type pick up trucks. 

taschoene

From: taschoene

9-May

gatnerd said:

This would be a pretty fantastic system for Ukraine, as well as other smaller militaries relying on 'technical' type pick up trucks.

APKWS is apparently in the last big tranche of gear from the US to Ukraine.  It's not crystal clear what the launch platform is, but I suspect integration with aircraft is likely to be too time-consuming.  So a ground launcher is quite plausible.  And probably implies that there is a current US user (USSOCOM most likely).

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/what-will-fire-the-laser-guided-rockets-donated-to-ukraine-is-still-a-mystery

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