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US Navy awards BAE Systems LRLAP contract

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Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP). BAE Systems Photo.

MINESOTTA (BNS): US Navy has awarded BAE Systems $185.3 million defence contract for the procurement of the 155mm Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP).

According to a news release by BAE Systems, the 155mm LRLAP is being developed for the U.S. Navy DDG 1000 program and will be fired from the Advanced Gun System (AGS).

"The 155mm LRLAP provides the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps with a premiere naval surface fire support land attack capability," said Jim Schoppenhorst, vice president and general manager of Armament Systems for BAE Systems, as reported in the release.

The 155mm LRLAP is an all-weather, precision-guided munition that has demonstrated successful gun launch and engineering-guided flight to ranges in excess of 63 nautical miles.

The 155mm LRLAP qualification programme contract will conclude in December 2012.

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