BAE Systems has been awarded a $52,000,000 modification contract to exercise options for Advanced Gun Systems for DDG 1002.
The Advanced Gun System (AGS) uses the same 155 mm caliber as most American field artillery forces, although it is unable to fire the same ammunition. Instead, a new range of ammunition is under development for this weapon. The gun barrel is 62 calibers long, and is able to fire the entire magazine (300+ rounds) with an average rate of fire of ten rounds per minute using a water cooled barrel. The AGS is to be mounted in a turret specifically designed for the Zumwalt class destroyer with fully automated ammunition supply and operation. The turret itself is designed to be stealthy, allowing for the entire length of the barrel to be enclosed within the turret housing when not firing.
Zumwalt class destroyer, the DDG 1000, is going to employ two AGS gun mounts and magazines in support of ground expeditionary forces.
BAE Systems will perform the work in Louisville, Ky. (37 percent); Cordova, Ala. (30 percent); Minneapolis, Minn. (28 percent); and Burlington, Vt. (5 percent).
The work is expected to be completed by January 2018.
About BAE Systems
BAE Systems is a global defense and security company with approximately 100,000 employees worldwide. The Company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and support services.
• 2nd largest global defense company based on 2010 revenues*
• Global capability
• Customers in more than 100 countries
• 2010 sales of £22.4 billion
Naval Today Staff , February 01, 2012