Navy selected RAFAELís Typhoon Mk 25
stabilized weapon system for the new patrol boats planned for procurement
next year. Typhoon is a stabilized gun mount, accommodating the 25mm marine
Bushmaster gun produced by Alliant TechSystems. The current type of patrol
boats use Bofors 40mm gun installed on an unstabilized mount. The
replacement of Australian patrol boats will be announced in 2003.
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Australia will build the weapon mounts in Adelaide, Australia, under license
by RAFAEL. The Australian partner will also propose provide life cycle
support for the Typhoons. The expected contract value for the acquisition
and support of the gun systems over the first 15 years of their operational
life is about $50 million. This contract will be placed through the
successful prime contractor for the Replacement Patrol Boats to be announced
in the first half of 2003.