BAE Systems has received its second contract from General Dynamics for $7.2 million to supply a 57-mm Mk 110 Naval Gun system to be installed on the U.S. Navy’s fourth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS 4) as its main armament. The contract includes options such as spare parts and training. The gun is scheduled to be delivered in 2008. The 57-mm Mk 110 accurately fires automatic salvos of the highly lethal 57-mm Mk 295 ammunition at a firing rate of 220 rounds per minute and a range of up to nine miles. The naval gun is lightweight and compact, with minimal deck penetration, and operates in remote or local control. The gun’s Mk 295 ammunition allows the system to perform against aerial, surface or ground threats with just a single round.
BAE Systems has received three contracts for a total of four gun systems for the LCS program and an additional three contracts for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Deepwater program. Additionally, the system has been selected for the U.S. Navy’s DDG 1000 destroyer and for the Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Cutter. Once in full-rate production, the Mk 110 will be manufactured at BAE Systems’ facility in Louisville, Kentucky.