US Navy Gets Improved Fire Control Tech

US Navy Gets Improved Fire Control Tech

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Shipboard gun sights will be supplied to the US Navy warships for the fire-control necessary to hit enemy ships and aircraft with naval gun fire. The potential $8.8 million order will be provided by L3Harris Technologies.

The Naval Sea Systems Command is asking the L3Harris to produce additional MK 20 electro-optical sensor systems (EOSS), radar cross sections kits, and repair kits.

The EOSS electro-optics system is a check sight and targeting sensor for anti-surface and anti-air warfare and naval gun fire support missions aboard Navy destroyers and cruisers.

The MK 20 EOSS for naval surface warships has digital stabilization with fiber-optic gyros, a separate eye-safe laser rangefinder with diode-pumped laser, and more. 

The MK 20 MOD 0 incorporates several technology improvements over the MK 46, and new features that support integration with the MK 34 Gun Weapons System (GWS).

To integrate with the MK 34 deck gun, the EOSS has a new interface electronics unit (IEU) that interfaces with as many as two deck gun computers and three deck gun consoles to provide video, target bearing and range, and system status data to all three, while taking commands from any one, cited company officials.