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BAE to provide additional Mk110 guns for LCS

11th April 2018 - 07:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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BAE Systems has received a contract from General Dynamics to provide two additional Mk110 naval gun systems for the Independence variant of the US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the company announced on 9 April.

This order brings the total number of Mk110 systems to 15 for the Independence variant.

Known internationally as the Bofors 57 Mk3, the fully automatic weapon is the LCS' deck gun. It is a multi-mission, medium-calibre shipboard weapon, effective against air, surface, or ground threats without requiring multiple round types. The system is capable of firing up to 220 rounds per minute at a range of more than nine nautical miles using BAE Systems’ six-mode programmable, pre-fragmented, and proximity-fused (3P) ammunition.

Lena Gillström, general manager of weapon systems Sweden at BAE Systems, said: ‘BAE Systems’ Mk110 naval gun, together with our advanced 3P programmable multi-purpose ammunition, provides a unique capability to address multiple air, sea, and land threats. Sailors benefit from its adaptability, robust endurance, and pointing accuracy, even in high wind waves and swells.’

Deliveries are expected to take place during 2019 and 2020.

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