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BAE Systems has been selected to supply 12 Bofors 40 Mk4 naval guns to the Belgian and Dutch navies as part of the Mine Counter Measures Vessels (MCMV) programme.

The shipbuilding company Kership will install the guns on the fleet of 12 MCMVs, with six being built for each country and the first scheduled for delivery to the Belgian Navy in 2024. The Bofors 40 Mk4 is a flexible, highly versatile gun system designed to react quickly in coastal environments. Lightweight and compact, the naval gun system combines long range and a high rate of fire, giving the MCMVs a greater level of defence against surface, air and shore-based threats.

Offering high survivability and tactical freedom at all levels of conflict, the Bofors 40 Mk4 also provides optimised ammunition types, including the cost-efficient programmable 3P ammunition. The ability to automatically switch between different types of ammunition gives a high level of combat flexibility in the face of new threats such as UAVs.

The Bofors 40 Mk4 naval gun is the latest generation in the 40mm family and is used by numerous navies and coast guards around the world. The system has recently been selected by Finland, Sweden, and the UK.

Jack Richardson