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  • Member since
    July, 2013
Posted by Razor04 on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 6:47 PM

Does anyone here know what pylons on the AV-8B the APKWS rockets are cleared for?  Is it the same as all the other LAU series launchers or is it different.  Thank you.

  • Member since
    February, 2003
  • From: LA-ish, SoCal
Posted by oortiz10 on Thursday, May 16, 2019 10:08 AM


I don't know the proper designation of the pylons, but I did find these webpages with pictures of some loaded on Harriers.

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    July, 2004
  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, May 16, 2019 11:03 AM

Learned something new here. But the APKWS is a simple add on kit for the basic 70mm Hydra Rocket. Much like the Paveway or JDAM kits convert standard Mk. 80 series bombs into PGMs. 

An educated guess says that where the standard LAU pod for the Hydra rockets can be carried, works on APKWS. Seeing how the inboard wing pylons are often dedicated for drop tanks, depending upon mission profile, and the outboard wing pylons are usually dedicated for AAMs, depending upon the threat environment, that kind of narrows it down. 

Now I am just trying to figure out scenarios where a 70mm PGW would be the preferred munition. Something hardened (but not overly so, it’s only a 70mm rocket) and danger close fits the bill. And of course there is need for somebody to paint the target with a laser designator...



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