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Mk 38  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1986
Total Production: 380
Unitary Cost: USD$580,000
Also Known As: Mark 38 and Mk 38 Mod 2
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: BAE Systems and Rafael
Parent System: Mk 38
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1986
Total Production: 380
Family Members: Mk 38 Mod 2 Tactical Laser System
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Description: The Mk 38 is a single barrel, air cooled, 25mm heavy machine gun effective to 2,500 meters and intended for ship self-protection. This gun was employed aboard various US Navy's surface combatant, amphibious and auxiliary ships in the mid-east force escort operations, and during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. The US Coast Guard also employs the Mk 38 gun on some patrol craft and cutters. The current Mk 38 Mod 1 gun is operated by a one man and the cannon is not stabilized. The Mk 38 Mod 2 model introduces a fully stabilized gun mount that can be fired remotely. The new gun mount of Mod 2 models includes on-board target acquisition and detection systems, and fire control systems.

On June 8, 2004, United Defense was awarded a $396 million contract for production, spare parts and engineering support of Mk 38 mod 2 machine gun system ordnance alteration program. The first modified Mk 38 mod 2 machine are scheduled for delivery in late 2004. United Defense will receive Mod 2 retrofit kit orders through 2010. On May 8, 2006, the US Navy awarded BAE Systems a new order for 67 Mk 38 Mod 2 guns to be installed aboard cruisers, destroyers and landing platform dock ships. This order was valued at $39 million from the $395 million production contract for the Mk 38 gun system. The US Navy sought to improve its ships' last defense layer through the acquisition of Mk 38 guns.

Mk 38 Applications


Auxiliary Vessels Harry DeWolf Fighting Ships LPD 4 Austin LSD 41 Whidbey Island

Mk 38 Specifications

Magazine Capacity: 168
Dimensions
Caliber: 25 millimeter
Performance
Max Range: 2,500 meter (1.55 mile)
Rates
Max Rate of Fire: 180 roundperminute
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Mk 38 News

There are 6 news between
4 Apr 2007 and 8 Sep 2017
Friday, September 8, 2017FMS: Bahrain Requests Two 35 Meter Fast Patrol Boats
Tuesday, August 18, 2015Royal Canadian Navy Selects Mk 38 Gun for its New Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships
Thursday, April 7, 2011BAE Systems Receives Order to Deliver 40 Mk 38 Gun Systems to the US Navy
Sunday, November 2, 2008USS Kidd First Destroyer to Employ Mk 38 Mod 2 Gun System
Monday, October 29, 2007US Naval Surface Warfare Center Order 62 Mk 38 Mod 2 Machine Gun Systems
Wednesday, April 4, 2007US Navy Receives First Mk 38 Mod 2 Gun Systems

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
United States of America220
US Navy has ordered 220 Mk 38 mod 2 gun systems

Grand Total 2263
 
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