US Navy – MK 38 Machine Gun System Packs a Punch

This short video features USS Emory S. Land’s MK 38 MOD 3 machine gun system, a powerful weapon that brings increased defense capability to the ship and enables it greater flexibility to fulfill its mission as one of only two #USNavy’s submarine tenders.

Setting the standard for shipboard defense against small, fast, and agile surface threats. The Mk 38 MGS is a low cost, stabilized self-defense #weapons system that dramatically improves ships’ self-defense capabilities in all weather conditions, day or night. Installed aboard 14 different classes of U.S. Navy ships and U.S. Coast Guard cutters, it is used extensively by the U.S. military as well as by #NATO forces.

A major upgrade to the Mod 3 is the system’s advanced electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensor which provides 330-degree surveillance capability and three fields of view. The superior optics allow sailors to monitor the seas and respond to threats even in extremely low light conditions with the benefits of a low contrast, low light level color day camera and an eye-safe laser range finder.

While the EO/IR sensor system is integrated with the Mod 3’s state-of-the-art fire control system, the Mk 38 Mod 3 is unique from other naval weapons because its surveillance system moves separately from the gun system, preventing adversaries from easily knowing they have been detected.

The Mk 38 Mod 3 also provides a range of 2.5 kilometers and selectable rates of fire from single to 180 rounds per minute, and fires all U.S. Navy-approved 25mm ammunition. It can be remotely operated from the combat information center or other protected ship structures, allowing operators to remain safe and out of harm’s way.

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Credit to : Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Khor – USS Emory S. Land (AS-39)

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