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Northrop Grumman to supply Mk44S Chain Guns to Australia

EditorBrando Bricchi
Published 2024/06/04, 21:50
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MESA, Ariz. - Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NYSE:NOC) announced today it will provide Mk44 Stretch Bushmaster® Chain Guns® for Australia’s LAND 400 Phase 3 program. The defense contractor is partnering with Hanwha Defense Australia to integrate these weapons into the Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle.

Under the terms of the agreement, Northrop Grumman will produce 129 Mk44 Stretch Bushmaster® Chain Guns®, with initial deliveries slated for 2026. This weapon system is designed to be interoperable with Northrop Grumman’s advanced ammunition suite, which was originally developed for the U.S. Army. The suite includes a programmable air burst munition that is part of the latest technology in ammunition.

The Mk44 Stretch Bushmaster® Chain Guns® are a staple in military arsenals, with over 20,000 units currently in service across 65 allied nations. These guns are mounted on various land, air, and sea combat platforms.

Jennifer Zonneveld, director of Bushmaster Chain Guns at Northrop Grumman, stated, “Bushmaster Chain Guns are the automatic cannon of choice for customers around the world due to their performance and reliability. In partnership with the Hanwha-led Team Redback, Northrop Grumman is providing the Australian Army with the most advanced medium caliber capability in the world, maintaining the system’s relevancy for years to come.”

The advanced ammunition suite compatible with the Mk44S includes multifunction airburst munition, armor-piercing, and proximity-fuzed ammunition. This variety allows operators to select the most effective ammunition type for a range of ground and aerial threats instantaneously.

Northrop Grumman is recognized as a leader in global aerospace and defense technology. The company is known for delivering innovative solutions that enable its customers to achieve mission success in defense, security, and space exploration.

This information is based on a press release statement from Northrop Grumman Corporation.

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