Our growing defence budget means we can invest in a cutting edge weapon system for the Royal Navy's next generation Global Combat Ship at the best value for taxpayers

Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin

BAE Systems, Weapon Systems and Munitions, based in the US, will lead on the work to bring the weapons system into service, with subcontractor work being undertaken by:

BAE Maritime Services Frimley & Broad Oak to develop, supply and integrate MIFS gunfire control;
BAE Munitions Glascoed, which is carrying out the UK ammunition qualification and;
BAE Weapons Systems Barrow, which is supporting the UK equipment safety cases.

This type of cutting-edge gun is not currently manufactured in the UK, and the USA’s BAE Systems, Weapon Systems and Munitions, offered a proven system at the best value for money solution for the UK taxpayer.

Deliveries of the gun to the UK are expected to begin in 2020.