Advanced Gun System for new Navy destroyer

Nov. 30, 2012 at 5:53 AM

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- BAE Systems is to supply additional 155mm Advanced Gun Systems to the U.S. Navy under a contract modification worth $80.3 million.

The AGS will be installed on DDG 1002, the third Zumwalt class destroyer.

"This contract demonstrates the progress made on the DDG 1000 program with the integration of AGS technology onto now a third DDG 1000 destroyer," said Dave Johnson, director of the DDG 1000 program for BAE Systems. "The AGS is critical in supporting the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps' expeditionary and joint operations against a wide range of littoral and deep inland targets."

The AGS is a vertically loaded, fully automated gun mount that is capable of storing, programming and firing the Long Range Land Attack Projectile. With the system rounds are drawn from a below-deck weapon handling and storage system.

The modification is for two systems for the DDG 1002 and brings the total funding of the initial contract the systems to $149 million.

BAE Systems has designed, built and integrated four AGS for the first two DDG 1000 destroyers in the Zumwalt class fleet.

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