BAE Systems is to supply 12 Bofors 40 Mk4 naval guns to the Belgian and Dutch navies as part of the Mine Counter Measures Vessels (MCMV) programme, the company announced on 10 February.
Kership will install the guns on the fleet of 12 mine hunting vessels – six for each navy – with the first ship scheduled for delivery to the Belgian Navy in 2024.
The Bofors 40 Mk4 is a flexible, highly versatile gun system designed to react quickly in coastal environments. Lightweight and compact, the weapon combines long range with a high rate of fire, giving the mine hunting vessels a greater level of defence against surface, air, and shore-based threats.
“The Bofors 40 Mk4 is a highly automated naval gun which will provide the Belgian and Dutch navies with significant firepower and great range,” observed Lena Gillström, Managing Director for BAE Systems Bofors. “This latest contract expands the number of European nations using the Bofors 40 Mk4, and reflects the growing interest we are seeing in the region.”
Offering high survivability and tactical freedom at all levels of conflict, the gun also provides optimised ammunition types, including the cost-efficient programmable 3P ammunition. The ability to automatically switch between different types of ammunition gives a high level of combat flexibility in the face of new threats, such as UAS.