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BAE Chosen for $245M UK Combat Ship Fires System Contract

Bae systems logo_ExecutiveBizBAE Systems has received $245 million contract from the U.K.’s ministry of defense for the acquisition of a gun system to be integrated on the country’s global combat ship fleet.

BAE said Thursday it will provide three Maritime Indirect Fires System integrated gunnery systems that includes a 62-caliber Mk 45 Mod 4 Naval Gun System as well as an automated handling system along with a gun fire control system and qualified ammunition.

The company will integrate the MIFS IGS on U.K.’s Type 26 global combat ships at its facilities in Kentucky, Minnesota,  Barrow-in-Furness, Frimley and Glascoed through 2020.

“Our growing defense budget means we can invest in a cutting edge weapon system for the [U.K. navy]’s next generation global combat ship at the best value for taxpayers, ” said Harriett Baldwin, U.K. defense procurement minister.

BAE added the U.K. government has committed to acquire eight Type 26 global combat ships to replace its current fleet of anti-submarine warfare Type 23 frigates.

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