Rheinmetall Next-Generation Gun Systems Selected for F126 frigates

Rheinmetall’s MLG27-4.0 defense system features technological innovations, such as daylight cameras, infrared sensors and laser rangefinders, and can be integrated into an existing shipboard command system By DA Reporter / 21 Nov 2022
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Damen Naval has selected Rheinmetall to supply eight state-of-the-art MLG27-4.0 defense systems for the F126 frigates the shipyard is building for the German Navy. 

Each frigate will be equipped with two MLG27-4.0 systems. The contract includes an option for additional MLG27-4.0 systems for two additional vessels.

In use throughout the German Navy, the predecessor of the new MLG27 4.0 serves as secondary armament on Germany’s current F125 frigates.

This new 27mm cal. MLG27 4.0 light naval gun is a member of the new SeaSnake RCWS family of products made by Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH of Unterlüß, Germany, a subsidiary of Rheinmetall. 

According to Rheinmetall, the core element of the remotely controlled MLG27 4.0 is the BK-27M revolver gun. 

Compared to previous models, the next-generation MLG27-4.0 defense system features technological innovations, such as daylight cameras, infrared sensors and laser rangefinders, and can be integrated into an existing shipboard command system, taking full account of all applicable IT and OT security requirements. Moreover, its new, fully digital system architecture enables direct impact on external target coordinates in standard WGS-84 format.

The 27mm cal. revolver gun can operate in single-shot mode, in adjustable bursts, or at a sustained rate fire of up to 1,700 rounds per minute. Its low weight and adjustable grid-firing capability, coupled with an integrated simultaneous tracker, make the MLG27-4.0 weapon system a powerful armament for modern frigates such as the F126 class.

In combination with other weapon systems envisaged by Damen Naval for the project, the F126 frigates will feature a comprehensive, highly effective array of armament that aims to deliver a critical tactical edge against a multitude of threats. 

“We are extremely pleased to join forces with Rheinmetall on the F126 project for the German Navy,” said Hein van Ameijden, the Managing Director of Damen Naval. “The broad range of capabilities make their MLG27-4.0 weapon system the right choice for the F126 frigates.”

“Our MLG27-4.0 weapon system and basically the entire SeaSnake family, have proven highly effective against asymmetric threats,” said Roman Köhne, managing director of Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH. “We’re very pleased to be taking part in the ambitious F126 program and to be supporting Damen Naval in building the frigates.”

The Dutch shipbuilder Damen Naval, prime contractor for construction of the German Navy’s new F126 frigate generation, will work closely with key subcontractors Blohm+Voss Shipyards GmbH and Thales Netherlands B.V. in planning and building the four frigates.  

All four ships will be built entirely at German shipyards in Wolgast, Kiel and Hamburg, with the first frigate slated for delivery in 2028. The contract between Damen and Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) includes an option for two more frigates.

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