35mm Oerlikon gun systems and Ahead ammunition from Rheinmetall at MSPO 2016 70809161

 
MSPO 2016
Official Foreign Online Show Daily News and Official Web TV
International Defense Industry Exhibition & conference
6 - 9 September 2016
Kielce, Poland
 
MSPO 2016 - Rheinmetall
 
 
35mm Oerlikon gun systems and Ahead ammunition from Rheinmetall at MSPO 2016
At MSPO 2016, Rheinmetall is displaying the Group’s globally leading competence in medium caliber, especially Oerlikon Millennium Gun and Ahead Airburst ammunition technology.
     
 
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Ahead ammunition
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Each round of Rheinmetall’s 35mm x 228 Oerlikon Ahead airburst ammunition contains a lethal payload of heavy metal spin-stabilized subprojectiles, unleashed in the path of an oncoming target at a programmable, predefined point in time. A short burst of Ahead ammunition produces a dense cloud of lethal subprojectiles. These penetrate the outer skin of the target, causing catastrophic damage to its interior.

Ahead airburst ammunition can bring down targets at greater distances with fewer rounds fired, making it a much more cost-effective solution than conventional ammunition. The technology can be used in ammunition ranging in calibre from 30mm to 76mm. Ahead technology is suitable for ground, air force and naval applications. As an alternative option, Ahead rounds can also be fired in non-fused mode, in which they behave like frangible rounds upon impact and are able to penetrate and destroy hard targets very effectively. In effect, Ahead is actually two types of ammunition in one.

Cutaway models of Rheinmetall’s Oerlikon Ahead muzzle-integrated programming unit and Ahead ammunition are on show at MSPO 2016.
     
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Oerlikon Millenium Gun
(Credit: Rheinmetall)
     
The Oerlikon Millennium Gun which is also shown at Rheinmetall’s MSPO stand is just one example for the versability of Rheinmetall’s Oerlikon Ahead ammunition technology. Firstly, the Oerlikon Millennium Gun is an outstanding weapon for use against all types of incoming surface threats. Secondly, it is unsurpassed and proven as an air target effector.

The Rheinmetall Oerlikon Millennium Gun is a state-of-the-art 35mm automatic cannon that is also in-service with the German C-RAM system MANTIS (Modular, Automatic and Network capable Targeting and Interception System). It is characterized by a very high rate of fire (1,000 rounds per minute) as well as extreme precision. It is specifically designed to fire Rheinmetall’s pioneering Ahead ammunition. The combination of firepower and precision ensures a high degree of lethality, even when engaging multiple targets at long ranges of engagement.

The Oerlikon Millennium Gun can be connected with any modern sensors or integrated into a command and control system, further enhancing the effectiveness of this cutting edge weapon system; or it can be used with additional radar and optronic sensors as an independent CIWS.

Following exhaustive technical, tactical and sea trials, the Royal Danish Navy has chosen the Oerlikon Millennium Gun fore and aft on all of Denmark’s most modern surface combatants – its Absalon-class Combat/Flexible Support Ships. The system has proven highly effective in active service. Other South American and Eastern Europe Navies also discovered these advantages that accrued and ordered the Oerlikon Millennium Gun to replace 40mm and 57mm main naval guns.
     
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Rheinmetall Oerlikon Revolver Gun Mk3
(Credit: Rheinmetall)
     
At Eurosatory 2016 Rheinmetall was unveiling its Oerlikon Revolver Gun Mk 3, a remotely controlled, autonomous, network-capable air defence system. Integrated into the 35mm platform are a tracking/sensor unit with X-band tracking radar and electro-optical sensors as well as electronic warfare components. This enables swift, autonomous engagement of externally assigned targets.

Readying the Oerlikon Revolver Gun Mk3 for action requires just two soldiers. Subsequent operation of the system is unmanned, which also contributes to crew safety.

The Oerlikon Revolver Gun Mk3 can receive and process target data from 2D and 3D search radars. Integrated sensors and a fire control computer give the system an autonomous surveillance and target engagement capability. It can be controlled from a higher-echelon command post or via an operator station to which up to eight guns can be connected.

The tried-and-tested 35mm x 228 automatic cannon delivers compelling firepower and high precision. Coupled with Rheinmetall’s proprietary AHEAD airburst technology, the Oerlikon Revolver.
 

 

 

 

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