Irving Shipbuilding selects BAE naval gun system for AOPS program
Defence contractor’s 25mm Mk 38 Machine Gun Systems to help patrol arctic waters.
“We will be working very closely with Canadian industry on this program,” said Joseph Senftle, vice president and general manager of Weapons Systems at BAE Systems. “BAE Systems is currently selecting its Canadian partners to participate not only in the build of these naval gun systems, but also to join our Mk 38 global supply chain. This will help bring sustained economic value to Canada as part of the AOPS program.”
The AOPS program will introduce six vessels that can patrol the Arctic region and remain there for longer than the service’s existing ships to support sovereignty and surveillance operations. BAE Systems’ first gun system will be delivered in 2017, with follow-on deliveries of approximately one per year through 2021, as the AOPS ships are built and become ready for launch. Each Mk 38 System features a gun targeting and surveillance system as well as the M242 Cannon. They will be modified for protection against arctic conditions.