BAE Systems has secured a contract from Canada’s Irving Shipbuilding to supply up to six modified 25mm Mk 38 machine gun systems for the Royal Canadian Navy’s arctic offshore patrol ship (AOPS) programme.
Irving Shipbuilding will be responsible for constructing the naval vessel at its Halifax shipyards.
Under this contract, BAE will also deliver spare parts, technical support, and long-term field support services.
BAE Systems Weapons Systems vice-president and general manager Joseph Senftle said: "We will be working very closely with Canadian industry on this programme.
"BAE Systems is currently selecting its Canadian partners to participate not only in the build of these naval gun systems, but also to join our Mk 38 global supply chain.
The Canadian Navy’s AOPS programme aims to deliver six vessels that can be deployed in the Arctic region to support sovereignty and surveillance operations.
For this project, the company is expected to deliver the first gun system in 2017, with follow-on deliveries of approximately one per year through 2021.
BAE Systems’ Mk 38 system features a highly accurate gun targeting and surveillance system, as well as the M242 Cannon.
For the AOPS programme, the system will be modified for protection against arctic conditions, the company stated.
To date, the Mk 38 has been selected by the US Navy, US Coast Guard, and the Spanish Navy.
In addition, the company recently received a contract from the US Navy to overhaul and upgrade Mk 45 systems on its Destroyer-class (DDG) ships.
The upgrade to the Mod 4 capability include a 62-calibre barrel, strengthened gun and mount subsystems, enhanced advanced control systems, a reduced signature, and low maintenance gun shield.
Image: BAE Systems’ Mk 38 System features a highly accurate gun targeting and surveillance system as well as the M242 Cannon. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.