BAE Systems has received a USD245 million contract from the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence to provide the gun system, known as the Maritime Indirect Fires System (MIFS), for the Type 26 Global Combat Ship.
Under the contract, the company will manufacture three MIFS integrated gunnery systems and one trainer system for the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy. It includes the 5-inch, 62-caliber Mk 45 Mod 4 naval gun system, along with an automated ammunition handling system, gun fire control system, and qualified ammunition. The contract includes an option for five additional systems for the remainder of the Royal Navy’s Type 26 GCS fleet. The deliveries are expected from 2020.
The United Kingdom Government committed to buy eight of the advanced Type 26 GCS ships in its 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review, which will replace the Duke-class Type 23 frigates.