The US Naval Institute News Service recently published an article, “A Year Into Distributed Lethality, Navy Nears Fielding Improved Weapons, Deploying Surface Action Group.” As you might expect, it talked primarily about anti-ship cruise missiles, but there was a paragraph of particular interest to the Coast Guard. It appears there may be guided 57 mm projectiles in the Coast Guard’s future.
“The service is working on developing a guided 57mm round for its Mk 110 guns on the LCS and other Navy and Coast Guard ships, Surface Ship Weapons Office Program Manager Capt. Michael Ladner told USNI News last month. Fanta said at the SNA symposium that the project, which is funded and working its way through the development process now, was important because it would leverage research already being done for the guided Hypervelocity Projectile for the Electromagnetic Railgun.”
If that means we will be able to both target selected areas on a vessel and avoid the possibility of collateral damage, by shells gone astray, it will be good news.