General Dynamics Awarded Contract for MK46 Gun Systems Production for LCS and DDG 1000

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Naval Defense Industry News - USA
 
 
 
General Dynamics Awarded Contract for MK46 Gun Systems Production for LCS and DDG 1000
 
The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded General Dynamics Land Systems a $26.2 million contract for the production of MK46 Modification (Mod) 2 Gun Weapon Systems (GWS) for use on Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), and Zumwalt-class (DDG-1000) ships. General Dynamics Land Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics.
     
The MK 46 gun weapon system is a remotely operated naval gun system that uses a 30mm high velocity cannon, a forward looking infrared sensor, a low light television camera, and a laser rangefinder for shipboard self defense against small, high speed surface targets. The gun can be operated locally at the gun turret or remotely at the Remote Operating Console in the Combat Information Center (on San Antonio class) and in the Mission Control Center (on the LCS class).
MK46 Gun System onboard a San Antonio class LPD
     
The MK 46 gun weapon system is a remotely operated naval gun system that uses a 30mm high velocity cannon, a forward looking infrared sensor, a low light television camera, and a laser rangefinder for shipboard self defense against small, high speed surface targets. The gun can be operated locally at the gun turret or remotely at the Remote Operating Console in the Combat Information Center (on San Antonio class) and in the Mission Control Center (on the LCS class).
The amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) San Antonio class LPD, left, transits alongside the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65).
Pictures: US Navy

     
The MK46 30mm Naval Weapon System is an all-weather, day/night, fully stabilized weapon system. Its lightweight, modular and compact size makes it an ideal candidate for numerous anti-surface and anti-air defense applications. The systems family of turrets represents a balance of lethality, performance, reliability and versatility, and it is one of the most cost-effective medium-caliber weapon systems.
     
The MK 46 gun weapon system is a remotely operated naval gun system that uses a 30mm high velocity cannon, a forward looking infrared sensor, a low light television camera, and a laser rangefinder for shipboard self defense against small, high speed surface targets. The gun can be operated locally at the gun turret or remotely at the Remote Operating Console in the Combat Information Center (on San Antonio class) and in the Mission Control Center (on the LCS class).
Two MK46 Gun Systems onboard USS Freedom Littoral Combat Ship
     
     
The gun can be operated locally at the gun turret or remotely at the Remote Operating Console in the Combat Information Center (on San Antonio class) and in the Mission Control Center (on the LCS class).

General Dynamics has delivered 38 MK46 systems to the U.S. Navy since 2005. It is the main deck gun for LPD-17 ships and is the secondary gun battery for LCS, and Zumwalt-class (DDG-1000) ships. The MK46 Mod 2 GWS incorporates new open architecture, fault isolation software and an embedded trainer.

Production will be performed by existing employees in Anniston, Ala.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Sterling Heights, Mich.; Lima, Ohio; and Scranton, Pa. Work is expected to be completed by November 2016.
 

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