Navy destroyer-class ships set to overhaul and upgrade Mk 45 gun systemsNews
August 14, 2015
ARLINGTON, Va. The U.S. Navy’s Mk 45 gun systems on destroyer-class ships are slated for Mod 4 configuration upgrades by BAE Systems in an initial contract with an estimated value of $80 million.
The contract to overhaul and upgrade six guns to the Mod 4 capability comprises of a 62-caliber barrel, strengthened gun and mount subsystems, enhanced advanced control systems, a reduced signature, and low maintenance gun shield. Engineers have designed the operational and performance to support potential increased ranges for Naval Surface Fire Support achieved through future extended range guided munitions.
The contract has an option for four additional guns that might be implemented in 2016 and if all options are exercised then it can bring the value up to $130 million. Support for this contract will come from the company’s facility in Minneapolis, Minn., but work will primarily be performed in Louisville, Ky.