German frigates get digitized OTO 127/64 LW Vulcano naval gun
ROME, ($1=0.90 Euroe) — The Leonardo OTO 127/64 LightWeight (LW) Vulcano naval defense systems were selected by Damen to equip the new four F126 frigates of the German Navy, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing Defence 24.
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The OTO 127/64 LW Vulcano naval gun is an advanced and fully digitalized system that can provide continuous support to operators and the onboard battle management system in calculating firing decisions during mission planning. The Oto 127/64 naval cannon can use both standard 127 mm ammunition and the two Vulcano 127 mm ammunition variants: Guided Long Range (GLR) and Ballistic Extended Range (BER). The system increases the fire capacity of the naval unit to 85 km while maintaining high accuracy.
The new agreement is based on a long-term strategic partnership between Leonardo = The Italian company has various activities in Germany, such as its subsidiary Leonardo Germany GmbH, which has a production plant in Neuss. Leonardo’s naval defense systems are already in service with various German naval ships, including the Baden-Württemberg class frigates, which are also equipped with OTO 127/64 LW Vulcano ammunition.
“The F126 project is advancing at full speed and in reliable cooperation with the German authorities. Leonardo is the ideal partner for our mission to deliver at least four state-of-the-art frigates to the German Navy. The F126 will set new standards for modularity and capability,” said Hein van Ameiden, managing director of Damen Naval
In the field of naval systems, Leonardo continues to consolidate strategically and established relations with both Damen Naval and the Royal Navy. The Dutch Ministry of Defense has already selected the 127/64 LW Vulcano naval guns, together with the automatic ammunition system (AAHS) for standard and Vulcano ammunition, to upgrade the four state-of-the-art air defense systems and command for the De Zeven Provinciën class frigate.
Damen Naval is building four F126 frigates with its partners Blohm + Voss and Thales. The company was chosen the winner in 2020 after several years of European tenders. The contract covers the delivery of initially four ships in 2028-2031 with an agreed option for the possible delivery of two more after 2032. All shipbuilding work will be carried out entirely in Germany at the shipyards in Kiel, Hamburg, and Wolgast.
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