BAE providing LCS coms, gun systems

April 15, 2011 at 11:30 AM

ARLINGTON, Va., April 15 (UPI) -- BAE systems is providing external communications and primary gun systems for 10 Independence variant U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ships.

The ships are to be built by an Austal USA-led team.

BAE said it will design, install, integrate and test various communications systems for the 10 ships. The systems include radio and antenna systems, baseband switching systems and associated cabinets, and other types of specialized equipment and hardware.

It will provide the 10 ships with 57mm Mk 110 gun systems.

The 57mm gun gives the Navy a new level of versatility against an ever-expanding range of threats, matching the multi-mission requirements of the LCS program, it said.

The six-mode, 57mm Mk 295 programmable, pre-fragmented and proximity-fused ammunition allows the system to be used against aerial, surface or ground threats without requiring multiple round types.

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, along with General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, will install and integrate the gun systems.

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