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Army Depot Installs Weapon System on New Navy Patrol Boats

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MK50A U.S. Army depot will help the U.S. Navy‘s Special Warfare Command integrate the MK50 Gun Weapon System into Mk VI patrol boats as part of a joint effort between the service branches, the Army reported Friday.

Edwin Mickley writes the Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center selected Tobyhanna Army Depot to provide workforce and electronics support for the MK50 installation.

“The integration was pretty straight forward… Logistics for parts, determining the right tool set and mounting a switch in the close-quartered engine space were the only challenges,” said Vincent Zuranski of the readiness training division at Tobyhanna.

The depot team performed work at the SAFE Boats International manufacturing facility in Washington state, Mickley reports.

The ship-based MK50 is a variant of Kongsberg Protech Systems‘ M153 Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station and features video capture and processing, thermal imaging and laser rangefinder technology.

According to the report, the Navy will deploy the MK50-equipped Mk VI patrol boats early next year.

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