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Posted: January 31, 2018 4:45 PM

BAE Awarded Bofors 40 Mk4 Naval Gun Contract for Finland

LONDON — BAE Systems will produce and deliver Bofors 40 Mk4 Naval Guns for the Finnish Navy and its Hamin-class Squadron 2000 fast-attack craft, under a contract with Patria, the prime contractor for the vessel’s mid-life upgrade and overhaul program, BAE announced in a Jan. 30 release.

With this contract, Finland adds the 40 Mk4 to its installed base of BAE Systems naval guns, including both previous versions of 40mm L/70 systems and 57mm Mk3 systems.

“Finland is the third country to select our Bofors 40 Mk4, the result of growing interest from countries seeking the flexibility that this 40mm naval gun and ammunition system provides,” said Lena Gillström, managing director of Weapon Systems, Sweden, at BAE Systems. “In modern tactical scenarios, ships must be able to operate in different levels of conflict, and survivability requires an extremely flexible weapon system like the 40 Mk4.”

The compact and low-weight Bofors 40 Mk4 Naval Gun is a flexible, multi-purpose system offering a high rate of fire and the ability to switch between optimized ammunition types, including the programmable 40mm 3P all-target ammunition. The system’s effectiveness against air, sea and ground targets provides high survivability and tactical proficiency at all levels of conflict.

BAE Systems has a long and successful relationship with Finland, supplying gun systems to both the Finnish Navy and the Finnish Army, including air defense, field artillery and anti-tank guns.

In addition to Finland, more than 10 countries currently use BAE Systems Bofors 40mm guns.



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