BAE Systems' Mk 38 Naval Guns Chosen For Canadian Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships

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BAE Systems' Mk 38 Naval Guns Chosen For Canadian Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships
 
Irving Shipbuilding of Canada has awarded BAE Systems a contract to deliver up to six modified 25mm Mk 38 Machine Gun Systems for the Royal Canadian Navy's Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) program. The award also covers spare parts, technical support, and long-term field support services. Irving Shipbuilding is the prime contractor for the ships and will build them at its Halifax shipyards.
     
Irving Shipbuilding of Canada has awarded BAE Systems a contract to deliver up to six modified 25mm Mk 38 Machine Gun Systems for the Royal Canadian Navy's Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) program. The award also covers spare parts, technical support, and long-term field support services. Irving Shipbuilding is the prime contractor for the ships and will build them at its Halifax shipyards.
Artist Impressions of the future Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship in the ice
     
"We will be working very closely with Canadian industry on this program," said Joseph Senftle, vice president and general manager of Weapons Systems at BAE Systems. "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. This will help bring sustained economic value to Canada as part of the AOPS program."

The AOPS program will introduce six vessels that can patrol the Arctic region and remain there for longer than the service's existing ships to support sovereignty and surveillance operations. BAE Systems' first gun system will be delivered in 2017, with follow-on deliveries of approximately one per year through 2021, as the AOPS ships are built and become ready for launch.
     
BAE Systems video
     
Each Mk 38 System features a highly accurate gun targeting and surveillance system as well as the M242 Cannon. They will be modified for protection against arctic conditions. The Mk 38 has also been selected by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the Spanish Navy.

AOPS is a Government of Canada procurement project for the Royal Canadian Navy. The project is expected to equip the Canadian Forces with six naval ice-capable offshore patrol ships able to assert and enforce sovereignty in Canada's waters where and when necessary, including the Arctic. The ships will conduct missions for northern surveillance, search and rescue, and interoperation with the Canadian Forces and other government organizations. The first Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship is scheduled to be delivered in 2018.
 

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