The U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems has secured a $50 million contract option to incorporate the Mod 4 configuration into an additional four Mk 45 naval gun systems onboard U.S. Navy guided missile destroyers.
The company said Tuesday the exercised option brings the full value of BAE Systems Inc.‘s Mk 45 modernization contract with the service branch to $130 million.
The Mod 4 configuration will include an updated gun mount and a digital control system designed to increase the system’s computing performance as well as employ a user interface similar to a smartphone UI.
Mk45 updates are meant to allow the platform to fire precision-guided explosives at a long range with the use of integrated targeting and fire control data, BAE noted.
Work will occur at the contractor’s facilities in Kentucky and Minnesota, with deliveries scheduled to occur from late 2017 through 2020.