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Mk 44  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2001
Total Production: 2,000
Also Known As: Bushmaster II and GAU-23
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: ATK Alliant Techsystems
Parent System: Mk 44
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2001
Total Production: 2,000
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Description: The MK44 cannon is an advanced derivative of the combat proven M242 Bushmaster cannon intended for ground fighting forces. It has been selected for the USMC AAAV/EFV next generation amphibious assault vehicle, now called the EFV, and the US Air Force plans to provide a modified Mk 44 variant to the AC-130U gunship. The Mk 44 40-caliber cannon fires 30mm x 173mm ammunition. The US Air Force Special Operations Command awarded ATK a $8.8 million development contract November 1, 2004, covering the Mk 44 modifications to fit into the AC-130U aircraft. The Mk 44 will be installed as a side-firing cannon to perform surgical attacks against ground targets by AC-130Us.

On 15 September 2005, the UK Royal Navy ordered the 30/40mm Mk 44 Bushmaster cannon to equip its Type 23 frigates with the aim to counter fast attack craft (FAC) and fast inshore attack craft (FIAC) threats. MSI Defence Systems will take care of integrating the Mk 44 cannon onto its DS30M Mk2 Naval Mounting. This naval mounting also includes laser range finder, a thermal imager, an electro-optical director and a color TV camera. Deliveries of the 26 cannons on order were expected to begin in late 2006. The contract was valued at £15 million over a 8-year period.

Mk 44 Applications

Armored Vehicles Boxer IFV CV9030 COM CV9030 MkII EFVP1 Pandur II 8x8 Cannons & Gear HITFIST Mk 46 Mod 1 RCWS-30 Combat Aircraft AC-130J Ghostrider AC-130U Spooky MC-27J Praetorian Fighting Ships Type 23 Support Aircraft MC-130W Combat Spear

Mk 44 Specifications

Caliber Multiple: 40
Caliber: 30 millimeter
Max Rate of Fire: 400 roundperminute
Combat Weight: 156 kilogram (344 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Mk 44 News

There are 10 news between
1 Feb 2007 and 27 Jun 2017
Tuesday, June 27, 2017Orbital ATK Demonstrates MK44 Bushmaster Chain Gun in 30mm and 40mm Configurations
Thursday, March 16, 2017Lithuania Orders Mk 44 Bushmaster Cannons for Vilkas 8x8 Infantry Fighting Vehicles
Tuesday, March 17, 2015FMS: Jordan Requests 35 Meter Coastal Patrol Boats
Friday, April 25, 2014MC-27J Multi-Mission Tactical Transport Aircraft Completes First Flight
Friday, June 14, 2013ATK and Alenia Aermacchi Successfully Complete Phase One Testing of MC-27J
Monday, July 9, 2012Alenia Aermacchi Unveils the MC-27J Multi-Mission Aircraft
GAU-23 Cannon Cleared for Use on US Air Force AC-130W Gunships
Tuesday, September 8, 2009ATK Develops Enhanced 30/40mm Mk44 Bushmaster Cannon System
Monday, December 3, 2007Warrior Results Successful in WFLIP Live Firing Trials
Thursday, February 1, 2007Spooky Gunship Armed with MK 44 Bushmaster Cannons

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