The German know-how group Rheinmetall has obtained an order from Dutch shipbuilder Damen Naval to produce eight state-of-the-art MLG27-4.0 defence methods for the F126-class frigates it’s presently constructing for the German Navy. Every frigate might be outfitted with two MLG27-4.0 methods. The order is value a determine within the two-digit million-euro vary and contains an choice for equipping two extra F126-class frigates. The 27mm cal. MLG27 4.0 gentle naval gun is a member of the brand new SeaSnake RCWS household of merchandise made by Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH of Unterlüß, Germany, a Group subsidiary with a number of places. The core component of the remotely managed MLG27 4.0 is the BK-27M revolver gun.

In use all through the German Navy, the predecessor of the brand new MLG27 4.0 serves as secondary armament on Germany’s present F125 frigates.


In comparison with earlier fashions, the next-generation MLG27-4.0 defence system incorporates a sequence of technological improvements. It’s a extremely superior ship defence system outfitted with daylight cameras, infrared sensors and laser rangefinders, and may be built-in into an present shipboard command system, taking full account of all relevant IT and OT safety necessities. Furthermore, its new, absolutely digital system structure permits direct influence on exterior goal coordinates in normal WGS-84 format.

The 27mm cal. revolver gun can function in single-shot mode, in adjustable bursts, or at a sustained charge hearth of as much as 1,700 rounds per minute. Its low weight and adjustable grid-firing functionality, coupled with an built-in simultaneous tracker, make the MLG27-4.0 weapon system a robust armament for contemporary frigates such because the F126 class.

Together with different weapon methods envisaged by Damen Naval for the venture, the F126 frigates will function a complete, extremely efficient array of armament that delivers a essential tactical edge towards a mess of threats.

“We’re extraordinarily happy to hitch forces with Rheinmetall on the F126 venture for the German Navy. The broad vary of capabilities make their MLG27-4.0 weapon system the proper alternative for the F126 frigates,” says Hein van Ameijden, the Managing Director of Damen Naval.

Rheinmetall drastically appreciates its shut, trusting relationship with Damen Naval, which, in addition to profitable cooperation within the F126 venture, might result in follow-up initiatives. “Our MLG27-4.0 weapon system and mainly your complete SeaSnake household, have confirmed extremely efficient towards uneven threats. We’re very happy to be participating within the formidable F126 programme and to be supporting Damen Naval in constructing the frigates” provides Roman Köhne, managing director of Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH.

The Dutch shipbuilder Damen Naval, prime contractor for building of the German Navy’s new F126 frigate technology, will work carefully with key subcontractors Blohm+Voss Shipyards GmbH and Thales Netherlands B.V. in planning and constructing the 4 frigates. All 4 ships might be constructed fully at German shipyards (in Wolgast, Kiel and Hamburg), with the primary frigate slated for supply in 2028. The contract between Damen and Germany’s Federal Workplace for Bundeswehr Gear, Data Expertise and In-Service Assist (BAAINBw) contains an choice for 2 extra frigates.

Rheinmetall possesses intensive maritime experience. Along with armament, defensive methods just like the MASS Multi Ammunition Softkill System MASS in addition to numerous sensors, Rheinmetall has lengthy equipped a big selection of simulation methods to the navies of Germany and different nations.