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Lithuania orders MK44 Bushmaster Chain Guns

17th March 2017 - 12:30 by The Shephard News Team

Lithuania orders MK44 Bushmaster Chain Guns

Orbital ATK will supply its MK44 Bushmaster chain gun for the Lithuanian Army's new Vilkas 8x8 infantry fighting vehicles, the company announced on 16 March.

The company will supply 90 Bushmaster cannons for integration with Rafael's Samson MKII Remote Weapons Station. The cannon's increased firepower, coupled with the weapon station's low-silhouette and ability to reload under armour inside the hull, will provide enhanced crew survivability and effectiveness.

The gun system supports the use of Orbital ATK's 30mm MK310 Programmable Air Bursting Munition for precise, point-in-space burst to defeat enemy targets in defilade positions.

First deliveries of the first guns will take place mid-2017.

Dan Olson, vice president and general manager for the armament systems division of Orbital ATK's Defense Systems Group, said: 'With an installed base approaching 2,000 cannons worldwide, our MK44 is sought after for its proven reliability and effectiveness by our allies fielding new systems or needing to upgrade existing platforms to meet growing threats.

'Our guns represent a commitment to working together with our nation and our allies to create and deliver superior armaments and services for those who defend their nation's security.'

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