BAE Methods Land & Armaments L.P., Minneapolis, Minnesota, is awarded a $4,665,294 contract to offer all vital materials for the procurement and help of an ordnance alteration to switch the Mk 38 Mod 3 Machine Gun System (MGS). Put in aboard 14 totally different courses of U.S. Navy ships and U.S. Coast Guard cutters, Mk 38 Mod 3 MGS is used extensively by the U.S. navy in addition to by NATO forces. This contract combines purchases for the Republic of the Philippines below the Overseas Navy Gross sales program. Work is anticipated to be accomplished by Could 2023. The U.S. Naval Floor Warfare Heart Indian Head Division, Indian Head, Maryland, is the contracting exercise.

The Mk 38 Mod 3 Machine Gun System (MGS) is a low-cost, stabilized self-defense weapon system that dramatically improves ships’ self-defense capabilities in all climate situations, day or night time. A significant improve to the Mod 3 is the system’s superior electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensor which offers 330-degree surveillance functionality and three fields of view. The superior optics permit sailors to watch the seas and reply to threats even in extraordinarily low mild situations with the advantages of low distinction, low mild degree coloration day digital camera, and an eye-safe laser vary finder.


BAE Methods MK 38 MOD 3 Machine Gun System (MGS)

Whereas the EO/IR sensor system is built-in with Mod 3’s state-of-the-art hearth management system, the Mk 38 Mod 3 is exclusive from different naval weapons as a result of its surveillance system strikes individually from the gun system, stopping adversaries from simply figuring out they’ve been detected. The Mk 38 Mod 3 additionally offers a spread of two.5 kilometers and selectable charges of fireside from single to 180 rounds per minute, and fires all U.S. Navy-approved 25mm ammunition. It may be remotely operated from the fight info middle or different protected ship buildings, permitting operators to stay secure and out of hurt’s means.

MaxDefense reported that at present the one ship within the Philippine Navy armed with the Mk 38 Mod 2 is the DPCF BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16), which acquired its MGS in late 2014. The Philippine Navy additionally has a number of Mk 38 Mod 1 models, which aren’t remote-operated techniques. The Mk 38 Mod 3 is a more moderen product, developed by Rafael Superior Protection Methods Ltd. of Israel, for BAE Methods.  Each the Mod 2 and Mod 3 variants are primarily based on Rafael’s Hurricane weapons station and are able to distant operation from contained in the ship. The Mk 38 Mod 3 is being launched to the Philippine Navy at nearly the identical time because the US Navy and has vital enchancment over the older Mod 2.