BAE Systems has received $245 million contract from the U.K.’s ministry of defense for theÂ acquisition ofÂ a gun system to be integrated on the country’s globalÂ combat ship fleet.
BAE said Thursday it will provide threeÂ Maritime Indirect Fires System integrated gunnery systemsÂ thatÂ 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.’sÂ Type 26 global combat ships at its facilities inÂ Kentucky, Minnesota, Â Barrow-in-Furness, Frimley and Glascoed through 2020.
âOur growing defenseÂ budget means we can invest in a cutting edge weapon system for the [U.K. navy]âs next generation global combat ship at the best value for taxpayers, ” saidÂ 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 ofÂ anti-submarine warfare Type 23 frigates.