Rheinmetall Sea Snake-27: a multifaceted effector for maritime applications

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For the first time ever, at IDEX 2017 Rheinmetall is showcasing its Sea Snake-27, a versatile 27mm revolver gun designed specifically for maritime applications.

The Sea Snake-27 is based on the tried-and-tested MLG-27NG light naval gun, which is also on display at IDEX. A gas-operated design, this automatic revolver cannon fires 27mm x 145 ammunition.

Featuring an adaptable multi-mode, multi-target tracker sensor unit, the Sea Snake-27 is an excellent all-round effector for short- and very short-range engagements, making it the ideal answer to asymmetric threats, whether employed as a suppression weapon or in high-precision single-shot mode.

Equipped with its own opto-electronic sensor suite, this remotely operated, fully stabilized defensive system can be employed either in standalone mode or integrated into a ship’s central command and control system. Its high rate of fire – more than 1,600 rounds per minute – and high accuracy combine to make it a formidable weapon system, with a maximum effective range of up to 4,000 metres. As an option, the Sea Snake can also be fitted with a high-energy laser effector.

The Sea Snake-27 features a low silhouette. Light, robust and easy to integrate, the system can be installed without having to penetrate the upper deck of the vessel.

Among other things, the Sea Snake-27 is designed to serve as the primary armament of smaller surface combatants such as fast attack craft or fast patrol boats. Furthermore it can serve as secondary armament for larger vessels, starting with the corvette or multi mission class ships.
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