Bushmaster at Sea

GULF OF ADEN (Feb. 28, 2011) An MK-38 25mm gun system is fired during a live-fire exercise aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87). Mason is deployed as part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group and assigned to Combined Task Force 151, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeffry A. Willadsen)

Theo Spark.

The MK38 Mod2 gun system is the same basic M242 Bushmaster 25mm main gun mounted on a Bradley. In this case, it is operated from a powered, stabilized mount, and fired remotely via an electro-optical stabilized sight. ┬áIt’s just the handy-dandy thing for popping speedboats that are getting too close.

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  1. You know, I like this.

    The biggest gripe that I’ve ever had with the standard installations of the bushmaster is the lack of stabilization on the mount. If you’re on the rail of a ship smaller than a carrier, you’ve got some motion happening. Makes it difficult to keep on target.

    (Of course, I also like the remote operation aspect of this. If you’re close enough to be engaging a target with a manually operated weapon topside, then you’re also close enough for what you’re shooting at to hit the guy operating the weapon.)

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