Rheinmetall to Provide 27 mm Automatic Cannons to F126 Frigates

Rheinmetall to Provide 27 mm Automatic Cannons to F126 Frigates
Rheinmetall to Provide 27 mm Automatic Cannons to F126 Frigates

Damen Shipyard announced that it had selected Rheinmetall for Germany’s F126 future frigate programme to equip the F126 frigates with MLG27-4.0 remote weapon stations (RWSs). Each vessel will be fitted with two of the systems. The German company will provide Eight MLG27-4.0 RWSs, with an option for four further RWSs to equip two optional vessels if required.


Rheinmetall to Provide 27 mm Automatic Cannons to F126 Frigates

The MLG27-4.0 RWS has day and night thermal cameras and a laser rangefinder. The system is equipped with an automatic target-tracking capability and is integrated with shipboard systems. The RWS may fire to an assigned set of WGS-84 format target coordinates. The MLG27-4.0 is a gas-operated single belt-fed revolver cannon capable of attaining a maximum sustained rate of fire of 1,700 rds/min. It has single-shot and burst fire modes. German F126 frigate will replace the F123 Brandenburg-class frigates. The first frigate is planned to be commissioned in 2028. The armament weighs approximately 100 kg. It has been used on Eurofighter, Gripen, and Tornado aircraft.

 Rheinmetall to Provide 27 mm Automatic Cannons to F126 Frigates