BAE Systems to provide U.S. Navy with modernized Mk 45 guns

The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a $46.8 million contract option to deliver four additional Mk 45 Naval Guns.

The contract modification calls for upgrading existing guns to the Mod 4 configuration to increase the firepower and extend the range of the weapons. This modification to the initial 10-gun contract brings the full value of the award to $176.8 million for the 14 guns.

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The Mk 45 Mod 4 provides NSFS range of more than 20 nautical miles (36 km) with the Navy’s new 5-inch Cargo projectile and an improved propelling charge.

Work on the Mk 45 Mod 4 conversions will be performed at the BAE Systems’ facility in Louisville, Kentucky, with support from the company’s supplier base, and is expected to be complete by 2021.

You can read BAE Systems press release here

Russia to Lay Down 6th Project 22160 Corvette

The Zelenodolsk shipbuilding yard in the Russian Republic of Tatarstan has held a keel-laying ceremony for its 6th Project 22160 patrol ship on 13 January 2018

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said project 22160 was designed for counterterrorist operations and the fight against sea piracy which is widely spread in the Middle East area. “The project was designed to protect the seas without escorting civilian vessels and spending the resource of warships on that. We ordered six such corvettes,” he said.

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The Project 22160 ships are intended for economic zone patrol, search-and-rescue operations, anti-piracy and anti-smuggling activities, environmental monitoring, as well as coastal defense and escort service, according to the shipyard. They have a speed of 30 kt, range of 6,000 nautical miles and are armed with a single 57mm cannon, heavy machine guns, air defense system and missile launchers.

Featuring modular design, the Project 22160-class patrol ship is 94m-long, 14-m-wide, and 3.4m- high, has a standard displacement of 4,550t, and can accommodate up to 80 personnel.

3 European company bidding for Poland’s Orka submarine program

Poland is looking to acquire three new submarines to replace its remaining three, old Koben-class submarines.

Defense Ministry of Poland said they received offers from Germany, Sweden and France :

  • France – Naval Group : Scorpene-class subs armed with MBDA’s naval cruise missiles
  • Germany – ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems : 212CD-class
  • Sweden – Kockum (SAAB) : A26-class

The Polish Defence Ministry spokeswoman, Col. Anna Pęzioł-Wójtowicz, said that “a final decision concerning the production of submarines will be made by Poland in the near future, after receiving replies from France, as well as from our other potential partners.”

The discussions form part of Poland’s Orka (Orca) programme, which costs EUR 2.4 billion, plan to acquire modern submarines for the Polish navy. Poland intends to purchase three to four submarines, which will be equipped with cruise missiles.

Once the contractor has been chosen, submarine deliveries are expected to start between 2024 and 2026.

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