United Defense receives $40 million contract modification

United Defense Industries has received a $40 million contract modification from the US Navy for three 5-inch 62-caliber naval guns and six 5-inch 62-caliber gun barrels.

United Defense Industries has received a contract modification from the US Navy for three Mk 45 Mod 4, 5-inch 62-caliber naval guns and six 5-inch 62-caliber gun barrels.

This contract modification with the US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is valued in excess of $40 million, bringing the total contract value to over $190 million.

According to United Defense, the Mk 45 Mod 4 will fire advanced munitions being developed by the US Navy, including the Extended Range Guided Munition (ERGM), as well as all other USN and NATO standard 5-inch ammunition.

This contract modification provides Mk 45 naval guns for the DDG 51 Class of US Navy ships and the order will bring the number of Mk 45 Mod 4 naval guns serving at sea or on order for the US Navy to twenty.

Production under the contract modification is scheduled to conclude by the end of 2004.

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