Surface Combatant Weapon System

Mk-38 machine gun system MGS

Mod. 1 (manually)                                         Mod. 2 (remote control)

 

 

Mk-38 Mod. 1 machine gun system MGS    Mk-38 Mod.2 machine gun system MGS

 

 

The Mk-38 was first employed aboard combatant and auxiliary ships conducting Mid-East Force escort operations and during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Mk-38 Mod.1s are maintained in a rotatable pool for temporary installation aboard deployed ships. Following the October 2000 attack on USS COLE (DDG 67), Task Force Hip Pocket identified an improved Mk-38 MGS as a means to increase shipboard self defense against small boat threats. In 2003, the Chief of Naval Operations documented the requirement and directed the development and fielding of the Mk-38 Mod 2. Installed aboard CG , DDG, FFG , LSD , LPD, LHD, LHA, LCC the Mk-38 Mod.2 MGS is a low cost, stabilized self defense weapon system that dramatically improves shipboard self defense.


Contractor Mod 1:

Designed and assembled by Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center; components procured from various contractors.
Date Deployed: 1986

Contractor Mod 2:

BAE Systems Minneapolis, Minnesota; Rafael, Haifa, Israel.
Date Deployed: 2005

150 systems installed as of Sept. 2010

 

Guidance System Mod 1: unstabilized, manually trained and elevated.
Guidance System Mod 2: stabilized, remote control with electro-optic fire control system and auto-tracking capability.

 

Technical data:

single barrel

Caliber: 25 mm (1 inch) M242 gun

Rate of fire: 5 rates; from single shot up to 180 rpm max.

Range: effective range is 2000 yards (1830 meters)

Weight (Mod.2): 1042 kg (2300 lbs) without ammo.

Train: +/- 15° to +/- 165°, adjustable

Elevation: -20° to +40°

Ammunition capacity: 200 ready rounds / dual feed

 

 

used on:

- most US Navy surface combatants

- various international Navy’s ships.

 

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Mk-38 Mod.1 machine gun system MGS

Mk-38 Mod.1 MGS

 

Mk-38 Mod.1 machine gun system MGS US Navy

Mk-38 Mod.1 MGS

 

Mk-38 Mod.1 machine gun system MGS

Mk-38 Mod.1 MGS

 

Mk-38 Mod.1 MGS

 

Mk-38 Mod.1 MGS

 

Mk-38 Mod.1 MGS

 

Mk-38 Mod.1 machine gun system MGS

Mk-38 Mod.1 MGS

 

Mk-38 Mod.1 machine gun system MGS

Mk-38 Mod.1 MGS

 

 

mk-38 mod.1 machine gun system uss ticonderoga cg 47 guided missile cruiser

Mk-38 Mod.1 MGS aboard USS Ticonderoga (CG 47)

 

Mk-38 Mod.1 MGS aboard USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49)

 

Mk-38 Mod.1 MGS aboard USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49)

 

Mk-38 Mod 1 machine gun system aboard USS Nashville LPD-13

Mk-38 Mod.1 MGS aboard USS Nashville (LPD-13)

 

Mk-38 Mod.1 machine gun system aboard USS Mason DDG-87

Mk-38 Mod.1 MGS

 

Mk-38 machine gun aboard USS John L. Hall FFG-32

Mk-38/25mm machine gun aboard USS John L. Hall (FFG 32)

 

Mk-38 Mod.1 machine gun system MGS aboard USS John L. Hall FFG-32

Mk-38 Mod.1 MGS aboard USS John L. Hall (FFG 32)

 

Mk-38 Mod.1 machine gun system MGS aboard USS John L. Hall FFG-32

Mk-38 Mod.1 MGS aboard USS John L. Hall (FFG 32)

 

 

Mk-38 Mod.2 machine gun system 25mm aboard USS Pearl Harbor LSD-52

Mk-38 Mod.2 MGS aboard USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52)

 

Mk-38 Mod.2 machine gun system mgs 25mm DDG-57 Mitscher

Mk-38 Mod.2 MGS aboard USS Mitscher (DDG-57)

 

mk 38 mod.2 machine gun system uss rushmore lsd 47

Mk-38 Mod.2 MGS aboard USS Rushmore (LSD 47)

 

Mk-38 Mod.2 machine gun system mgs USS Mitscher DDG-57

Mk-38 Mod.2 MGS aboard USS Mitscher (DDG-57)

 

Mk-38 Mod.2 machine gun system mgs USS Truxtun DDG-103

Mk-38 Mod.2 MGS aboard USS Truxtun (DDG-103)

 

 

Mk-38 Mod.2 MGS aboard USS Momsen (DDG-92)

 

Mk-38 Mod.2 machine gun system mgs USS Dewey DDG-105

Mk-38 Mod.2 MGS aboard USS Dewey (DDG-105)

 

Mk-38 Mod.2 MGS aboard USS Truxtun (DDG-103)

 

Mk-38 Mod.2 MGS aboard USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44)

 

Mk-38 Mod.2 MGS aboard USS Denver (LPD 9)

 

Mk-38 Mod.2 machine gun system remote control mgs 25mm

Mk-38 Mod.2 MGS aboard USS Mitscher (DDG-57)

 

Mk-38 Mod.2 MGS aboard USS Germantown (LSD 42)

 

Mk-38 Mod.2 MGS in manual use aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19)

 

Mk-38 Mod.2 MGS in manual use aboard USS Truxtun (DDG 103)

 

Mk-38 Mod.2 machine gun system MGS manually operated

Mk-38 Mod.2 MGS aboard USS Mitscher (DDG-57)

 

Mk-38 Mod.2 machine gun system

Mk-38 Mod.2 MGS in manual use

 

Mk-38 Mod.2 machine gun system mgs CG-68 USS Anzio

Mk-38 Mod.2 MGS aboard USS Anzio (CG-68)

 

Mk-38 Mod.2 machine gun system MGS

Mk-38 Mod.2 MGS

 

Mk-38 Mod.2 machine gun system MGS

Mk-38 Mod.2 MGS aboard USS Vella Gulf (CG-72)

 

Mk-38 Mod.2 machine gun system aboard USS Pearl Harbor LSD-52

Mk-38 Mod.2 MGS aboard USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52)

 

Mk-38 Mod.2 machine gun system aboard USS Mason DDG-87

Mk-38 Mod.2 MGS aboard USS Mason (DDG-87)

 

Mk 38 Mod. MGS

Mk-38 Mod.2 MGS

 

Mk-38/Mod.2 remote-controlled machine gun system MGS aboard USS Ford FFG-54

Mk-38/Mod.2 stabilized, remote-controlled Machine Gun System (MGS) on a platform above the former Mk-13 launcher aboard USS Ford (FFG 54)

 

Mk-38 Mod.2 machine gun system remote control

remote control for Mk-38 Mod.2 MGS

 

Mk-38 Mod.2 machine gun system remote control panel

remote control for Mk-38 Mod.2 MGS

 

remote control for Mk-38 Mod.2 MGS

 

Mk-38 Mod.2 machine gun system remote control panel aboard USS McFaul DDG-74

remote control for Mk-38 Mod.2 MGS aboard USS McFaul (DDG 74)

 

 

25mm ammunition for Mk-38 machine gun system MGS

25mm ammunition for Mk-38 MGS

 

 

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