Royal Navy’s Type 26 frigates are getting five-inch Mk 45 with AHS

LONDON, UK — British company BAE Systems will equip the Royal Navy’s future Type 26 frigates with a new Naval Indirect Fire System [MIFS] that will give it a “critical advantage at sea”. The company explains that the solution adopted for these ships combines the Mk 45 Mod 4A five-inch 62 calibers naval gun system with a fully automated ammunition handling system [AHS].

Royal Navy's Type 26 frigates are getting five-inch Mk 45 with AHS
Photo credit: BAE Systems

In the words of BAE Systems’ Vice President of Weapon Systems Product Line, Brent Butcher, “We have revamped and customized the Mk 45 system to provide a fully automatic, critical, and reliable munitions handling solution that is revolutionizing medium-sized naval munitions.”

Butcher elaborates that this “customized, lightweight and compact Mk 45 weapon system with AHS provides our customers with similarities to the US Navy, a highly reliable system with life cycle security and access to future technology upgrades.”

The manufacturer describes the Type 26 frigates, the first unit of which is due to be delivered in the middle of this decade, as one of the most advanced classes of warships in the world when they enter service.

Anti-submarine warfare

Its main task will be anti-submarine warfare, for which it will have an “advanced range of weapons and sensors”. Its tasks also include counter-piracy missions, humanitarian aid delivery, and disaster relief.

BAE Systems’ statement noted that its “innovative solution for automated naval weapons will help the Royal Navy increase crew productivity, reduce risks to the safety of sailors and improve the operational capabilities of these advanced, bespoke warships.”


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