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BAE wins German coastal patrol weapons deal

BAE Systems has been selected to provide the Bundespolizei, Germany’s federal police force, with three 57mm naval guns for its three new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).

BAE Systems has been selected to provide the Bundespolizei, Germany’s federal police force, with three 57mm naval guns for its three new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).

The Bofors 57 Mk3 gun system will be used to support the maritime arm of the Bundespolizei that monitors Germany's North Sea and Baltic coastlines.

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“The Bofors 57 Mk3 is a versatile naval gun with firepower and range that exceeds expectations when compared with similar, medium calibre naval gun systems. That’s how our 57mm system has earned its reputation as the deck gun of choice for ships operating in coastal environments,” said Ulf Einefors, director of marketing and sales for BAE Systems’ weapons business in Sweden.

“This contract expands the number of European nations deploying the 57 Mk3 and reflects the growing interest we’re seeing in the region, where we look forward to supporting new opportunities in the near future.” 

The gun system is currently in use with navies and coast guards of eight nations, including Canada, Finland, Mexico and Sweden, as well as the US, where it is known as the Mk110 naval gun.

This contract also includes accompanying fire control systems as well as systems integration support. Work is expected to begin immediately and will be performed at the BAE Systems facility in Karlskoga, Sweden.

The first unit is scheduled for delivery in 2020.

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