The Australian Air Warfare Destroyer will be fitted with the Mark 45 gun from BAE Systems.
(credit: BAE Systems)
The deal is valued at around A$80 million, according to the Australian defense ministry.
The Mk. 45 is a 5-inch, 62-caliber weapon system. The BAE Systems weapon has a range of 60 naut. mi., when firing extended range projectiles. Range with a regular round is around 20 naut. mi.
A version of the weapon is already operational with the Royal Australian Navy’s Anzac-class frigates, and others, such as the U.S. and Spanish navies.
The deal means that more than A$1 billion in contracts have now been awarded by the government/industry team developing the Air Warfare Destroyer, says Australia’s parliamentary secretary for defense procurement, Greg Combet.
Further deals are pending, including the navigation radar, satellite communications, the torpedo launch system, the surface to surface missile system and the countermeasures capability, Combet says. “It is expected that the AWD Alliance will make a decision early next year on contracts to build ship modules or ‘blocks’, some of which will be fabricated around the country, and then integrated at the ASC facility in Adelaide. The total value of that work is estimated to be around $400 million,” he adds.
Australia hopes to receive its first Air Warfare Destroyer before 2015.