India buys from the USA sea guns MK 45 Mod.4 caliber 127-mm

India buys from the USA sea guns MK 45 Mod.4 caliber 127-mm

The Indian Navy will soon be able to adopt the American 45 Mod.4 naval guns of the 127-mm caliber. The US State Department intends to approve the possible sale of India to thirteen such guns with the appropriate equipment.


In addition to the guns themselves, India requested the sale of 3500 shells D349 and Mk 92 Mod 1. The total value of the contract, including tools, shells, spare parts, staff training, equipment training, etc. will cost the Indian military 1,021 billion dollars. The United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified the U.S. Congress of a possible sale on November 19 this year.

The US Department of State on this issue said that the sale of guns and technical support will not change the main military balance in the region.

It is assumed that the Mk 45 Mod 4 guns will be installed on the Indian frigates of the 17А project (Nilgirn type, seven units) and destroyers of the 15В project (Visakhapatnam type, four units) under construction. The delivery of the head frigate and the lead destroyer of these series is scheduled for 2021-2022 of the year.

The 5-inch (127 mm) 62-caliber gun Mk 45 Mod 4 is a marine cannon system manufactured by BAE Systems, consisting of an 127-mm gun L62 Mark 36 mount Mark 45.

The gun is intended for use against surface warships, as well as support for landing operations. The gun mount is equipped with an automatic loader capacity of 20 shells. Rate of Fire - 16 - 20 rounds per minute (maximum) and 10 rounds per minute with guided ammunition. The gun mount’s calculation includes six people: the gun commander, the remote control operator — the gunner, and four loaders, which are located below deck, ensuring continuous firing.

Earlier it was reported that the United States managed to bring the firing range of the MK 50 Mod.45 guns to 4 km with a new projectile, designated as Excalibur N5.

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  1. Alexander Petrov1 26 November 2019 15: 26 New
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    Well, a fool, so India has the main Soviet caliber of 130 mm and this innovation will cost her a billion dollars ...
    1. Kerensky 26 November 2019 15: 51 New
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      Well, a fool, so India has the main Soviet caliber of 130 mm

      Absolutely agree. But then the Indians, they’ll take the guns from the seal ...
    2. knn54 26 November 2019 15: 53 New
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      Alexander, I agree. A-192M is not worse.
      1. Flooding 26 November 2019 16: 43 New
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        Quote: knn54
        Alexander, I agree. A-192M is not worse.

        In terms of range, it definitely loses. 50 calibers against 62.
        But, I think, the firing range of guns in modern naval combat is not the main argument.
    3. illi 26 November 2019 18: 31 New
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      By the way, I agree. And I draw a deep conclusion from this. Hindu 100 years in world history (politics) does not shine. Despite all their strength and strength. They are like small children, they cannot even introduce elementary unification in the army. Well, this concerns our army, which is losing this unification every year.
      1. Alexander Petrov1 26 November 2019 18: 33 New
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        Well, what are you talking about, if Indian citizens are eerily afraid of the toilet and go to the bushes ...
        1. illi 26 November 2019 18: 45 New
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          So I’m afraid that we wouldn’t switch from toilets to bushes. We have NATO calibers (in all kinds of specials) and two automatic weapons and fifty all kinds of armored cars, etc. in the same Indian spirit.
          1. Alexander Petrov1 26 November 2019 18: 48 New
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            Oh well, even the Americans have put us in second place in the Army of the World ...
  2. voyaka uh 26 November 2019 15: 46 New
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    In naval artillery, the British still hold the championship.
    "Do not drink the experience"? laughing
  3. awdrgy 26 November 2019 15: 56 New
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    They will never sell systems with characteristics equal to or higher than their own. Conclusion, for some reason, this will not work as efficiently as possible. Question: What kind of weapon do they have better (did they work the railgun)?
    1. voyaka uh 26 November 2019 16: 13 New
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      Sell ​​standard guns with conventional performance characteristics with standard shells. There is nothing innovative about them.
      India is not considered an enemy of the United States and England. Why not sell?
      1. Thrifty 26 November 2019 16: 17 New
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        Warrior, correct you! The United States and England do not have friends, but there are only temporary companions, about whom then the United States and Anglo-Saxons will also wipe their feet. ...
        1. voyaka uh 26 November 2019 16: 35 New
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          Have I written about friends somewhere? belay
          Do not read between the lines. smile
          1. Thrifty 26 November 2019 16: 53 New
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            Warrior, your words that for the tandem of the United States and England, India is not an enemy, you can understand how it is not yet an enemy, or is not also a friend! What is the meaning of the same thing.
      2. grave 26 November 2019 16: 24 New
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        An interesting reason for the transition to arms of the United States, maybe they just “squeezed” our contract?
  4. Demagogue 26 November 2019 18: 28 New
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    Hindus trade balance with US level. To avoid a trade war. Part of the deal with Trump is Wilimo. The parameters of these little balls were hardly considered at all when making a decision.
  5. Archivist Vasya 26 November 2019 18: 37 New
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    127 mm caliber

    It’s not a cannon ... a tank / artillery caliber, but not a naval one. It is necessary to install above 200.
    1. GibSoN 26 November 2019 20: 13 New
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      It’s not a cannon ... a tank / artillery caliber, but not a naval one. It is necessary to install above 200.
      Tin .. And who put you only plus plus ...
  6. eklmn 27 November 2019 05: 22 New
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    The fact is that the Mk 45 Mod 4 gun is very promising from the point of use of various shells, depending on the situation. This is the usual 127mm shells, also radio-controlled Excalibur (Raytheon) and HVP (BAE).
    The last two have a range of up to 50 km (Excalibur, radius of impact 2 m) and 70 km-120 km (HVP, kinetic, range depends on the charge, radius of impact 5 m).
    Both shells are expensive - from $ 50t to $ 70t.
    If Russia can provide India with ammunition with such characteristics, but cheaper, it is not clear why India chose the United States. If Russia cannot provide such ammunition to India, then it is clear why it preferred the United States.