BAE Systems has received a contract to manufacture and deliver five Bofors 40 Mk4 Naval Guns for the Brazilian Navy’s 500T Macae-class patrol vessels.
Production work under the contract will start immediately, with deliveryexpected to begin in 2016, and continue through up to 2018.
The Bofors 40 Mk4 Naval Gun is the latest version of the successful Bofors 40mm gun, which has been used many navies and coast guards worldwide.
BAE Systems Sweden Weapon Systems managing director Lena Gillström said: "The versatility of our new 40mm Naval Gun and Ammunition System is attractive to customers around the world.
"This award illustrates our strong position as a leading naval gun provider in the Americas."
According to the company production of parts, subsystems, testing, and final assembly will take place in Brazil.
The firm recently joined forces with Ares Aeroespacial e Defensa of Rio de Janeiro for manufacturing, assembly, and installation, as well as after-sales activities for the 40 Mk4 guns.
BAE Systems Latin America and Canada vice-president Llyr Jones said: "This local production for the naval guns illustrates our commitment to establishing mutually beneficial partnerships with Brazilian industry.
"We’re applying similar principles with our other Brazilian programmes."
The company has delivered approximately 100, 40mm guns to the Brazilian Navy, Marine Corps, and army, as well as thousands of rounds of 40mm ammunition.
Customers of 40mm guns also include Japan, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Uruguay, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
Image: The 40 Mk4 Naval gun is the latest version of the successful Bofors 40mm Gun. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.