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Surface Forces: Remote Control 25mm Cannon At Sea
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December 28, 2007: To provide protection from hostile small boats suicidal or otherwise), the U.S. Navy has bought 62 Mk 38 Mod 2 remote control 25mm automatic cannon. This is the same gun used on army M2 Bradley infantry vehicles. Firing three rounds a second, to a max range of 3,000 meters, the Mk 38 is operated by a sailor inside the ship, using controls much like those found in a video. This makes training operators easy, since most sailors have spent way too much time playing video games in their youth.

 

The Mk 38 is based on the Israeli Typhoon system and weights about 1,500 pounds. The gun system holds 168 rounds of ammo, providing about 53 seconds worth of firing. The sensors mounted on the gun enable the operator to see at night, and with magnification. The gun is stabilized, enabling the operator to hit targets at max distance in rough seas and at night. In the next year, the navy will equip over a hundred ships (destroyers, cruisers and amphibious ships) with the Mk38, with each system costing about $600,000.

 

 

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stinger       12/31/2007 12:44:17 AM
maybe they should add the crow system also and they could operate some of the 50 cals from a safe distance ...
 
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blacksmith       1/5/2008 5:29:10 PM
The .50 would probably duplicate the effect of the 25mm.  The real question now that they have a way of responding to an attack is do they have a way of detecting an attack.  Putting the gun operators belowdecks greatly reduces their situational awareness.  This will increase the response time as observer has to report to bridge has to report to fire control to get the guns trained.  The problem now may be in the kill chain.
 
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stinger       1/5/2008 10:50:06 PM
that is very true ..  but i know some guys who cant hit anything even 100 ft in front of them they should install the same system that is on the cyclone class and have thr 25 mm and 40mm on a duel system..
 
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stinger       2/4/2008 2:28:56 AM
does anybody know how many 50. cals and  or 240 b the cyclone class carries? I have seen a picture to where they had 2 twin 50. cals on the starboard wing. just wounering if they do the same on the port wing?
 
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benellim4       2/4/2008 12:21:17 PM
 
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