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Also Known As: Mark 38 and Mk 38 Mod 2
Origin: United States of America
BAE Systems and Rafael
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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.
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