Mk 38 Mod 2 main weapon is the M242 25mm Chain Gun, a proven
NATO standard cannon with selectable rates of fire. The Mk 38
Mod 2 MGS fires all USN-approved 25mm ammunition at up to 180
rounds per minute, with 168 rounds on-mount. Additionally, the
systems' 4-axis stabilized electro-optical sensor provides round
the clock surveillance capability, enhancing the ship's overall
Nine U.S. Naval ships currently have Mk 38 Mod 2 systems in
service and have demonstrated excellent overall performance.
The combined Mk 38 Mod 2 Government/contractor team recently
completed a major upgrade to bring all mounts up to the current
production configuration. Similar systems have been acquired
for the Australian Armidale class patrol boats (photo
BAE Systems teamed with RAFAEL
Armament Development Authority, Ltd., for the development and
production of the Mk 38 Mod 2. The system is assembled and tested
at BAE Systems' Louisville, Kentucky facility.