The US Navy granted Northrop Grumman Corporation a development contract for their recently created 57mm guided high explosive ammunition.
Announced on October 4th, the ammunition has been designated for use with the Mk110 Naval Gun Mount, with Northrop Grumman set to carry out testing and refinement for qualification.
The 57mm guided high explosive ammunition possesses the capability to maneuver in-flight toward its designated target. It is engineered to counter fast-moving surface threats, drones, and swarming threats.
The 57mm ammunition also incorporates an on-board seeker for target acquisition and a fuze capable of self-selection between proximity or point-detonation mode for effective engagement and neutralization of the target.
This capability is set to provide the Navy with an extended stand-off range and a cost-effective solution for addressing small, fast-moving threats. Also, its integration into existing weapon systems does not necessitate any modifications.
“Our new 57mm guided ammunition is truly innovative in its ability to identify, track and guide itself to a target,” said Dave Fine, vice president, armament systems, Northrop Grumman. “The Navy will gain a greater capability to defend against moving threats and a new level of accuracy to defeat them.”