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BAE Systems Awarded $6.2 million U.S. Navy Contract for Production and Delivery of 57mm Ammunition

24 Aug 2006 | Ref. 246/2006

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota -- BAE Systems has been awarded a $6.2 million contract by the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center for the production and delivery of 57mm pre-fragmented, programmable, proximity fuzed (3P) rounds and corresponding Mk 295 MOD 0 cartridges, amps and 57mm Mk 8 clips. The company will deliver the ammunition in September 2006.

The 57mm 3P Mk 295 MOD 0 cartridge is ammunition to be used with the U.S. Navy’s 57mm Mk 110 Naval Gun System being developed and produced by BAE Systems to combat air, surface, and ground targets. The 57mm Mk 8 clip connects two 57mm 3P Mk 295 MOD 0 cartridges together, to successfully fire the cartridges in accordance with the gun system’s operational requirements.

“The contract demonstrates BAE Systems’ leadership in developing high-tech, cost-effective munitions that improve the combat capabilities for our sailors,” said Scott Thompson, BAE Systems’ Mk 110 Naval Systems director. “The versatility of the Mk 295 ammo, coupled with the capabilities of the Mk 110 Naval Gun System, will provide a smaller logistics footprint and reduce the number of rounds sailors need to defeat various threats to surface vessels.”

BAE Systems’ 57mm Mk 295 ammo provides six settable fuze function modes from a single round type to optimize detonation effects against surface, airborne and shore-based threats. One of the Mk 295 rounds can replace multiple conventional rounds, increasing stowed kills. With an effective range of nearly nine miles, the 57mm Mk 295 projectile achieves devastating effects against all target types in any selected mode of fuze operation.

About BAE Systems:
BAE Systems is the premier transatlantic defense and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions and customer support services. BAE Systems, with more than 100,000 employees worldwide, had 2005 sales that exceeded $28 billion.

For further information, please contact:
Doug Coffey, BAE Systems
Tel: 703-312-6121
doug.coffey@baesystems.com

Susan Lenover, BAE Systems
Tel: 703-907-8259 Cell: 703-850-1621
susan.lenover@baesystems.com



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