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Leonardo to equip German F126 frigates

30th March 2022 - 08:50 GMT | by The Shephard News Team in London

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The OTO 127/64 LW Vulcano naval gun. (Photo: Leonardo)

The frigates are being built entirely in German shipyards in Kiel, Hamburg and Wolgast.

Damen has selected Leonardo’s OTO 127/64 LightWeight (LW) Vulcano naval defence systems to equip the German Navy’s four new F126 frigates.

Under the contract, Leonardo will also supply maintenance, simulators and support for the integration and commissioning of the system.

Damen Naval, alongside partners Blohm+Voss and Thales, is building the four ships for Germany, having been selected for the work in 2020.

The four ships will be delivered between 2028 and 2031, with an option to provide two optional extra vessels after 2032.

The OTO 127/64 LW Vulcano naval gun can utilise a range of ammunition, including standard 127mm and guided long-range and ballistic extended range rounds.

Leonardo said the gun extends a naval unit’s defensive capability up to ranges of 85km whilst maintaining accuracy.

The OTO 127/64 LW Vulcano weapon system can already be found on the German Navy’s Baden-Württemberg F125 frigates.

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