BAE Systems has received a contract from Lockheed Martin to supply a second 57mm Mk 110 Naval Gun system.

The company will deliver the system in the first quarter of 2008, which will be installed on the third Littoral Combat Ship (LCS 3) as its main armament. The first system was delivered in March for the US Navy’s first LCS, Freedom (LCS 1).

The Mk 110 fires automatic salvos of 57mm 3P ammunition at a firing rate of 220 rounds per minute and a range of up to nine miles. BAE Systems said in a statement that the naval gun is lightweight and compact, with minimal deck penetration, and operates in remote or local control.

BAE Systems has received two contracts for a total of three gun systems for the LCS program and an additional three gun systems for the US Coast Guard’s Deepwater program. The system has also been selected for the Navy’s DDG 1000 destroyer and for the Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Cutter.

Once in full-rate production, the Mk 110 will be manufactured at BAE Systems' facility in Louisville, Kentucky.