As part of the Fletcher project, it is planned to create a universal military vehicle, the main armament of which will be APKWS guided missiles - a laser-guided modification of the HYDRA 70. The initiator of the project, the company Arnold Defense, announced that the demonstration of the Fletcher machine will be held for the first time at the exhibition Defense and Security Equipment International (DSEI), which will be held from 12 to 15 in September in London.
Fletcher project visualization
APKWS (Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System) is a modernized version of the HYDRA 70 unguided rocket. In the course of modernization, the ammunition received a module with laser sensors and rotary blades for precise targeting. The process of upgrading HYDRA 70 to APKWS is as follows: the HYDRA 70 rocket is disassembled into two parts (the warhead and the rocket engine), between which a new unit with blades and sensors is screwed.
The modernization of the HYDRA 70 missiles took place in two stages: in 1996, the US Department of Defense ordered General Dynamics to the system to convert unguided missiles into guided ones, but in 2005, the program was minimized due to the inadequacy of the prototype to the army requirements. Later, the project was resumed with a new contractor - BAE Systems, which created the APKWS rocket. In 2012, the upgraded missile entered service with the US Navy, and later other military structures. With the advent of APKWS, the US armed forces got what they lacked for a long time - inexpensive small-caliber guided missiles (the cost of a rocket is about $ 10 000), reports "Warspot".