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Recent order of Two Oerlikon Millennium 35mm naval guns could be for Ukrainian Corvette

17 February 2014

We recently reported that German defense company Rheinmetall received an order for two Oerlikon Millennium automatic cannons from a European navy. According to Russian sources, the unnamed custromer could be Ukraine. Indeed Ukrainian Navy has an ongoing corvette program (Project 58250) with several western equipment onboard including two of the Rheinmetall Close In Weapon System (CIWS).

The first ship of Project 58250 "Vladimir Veliky" is currently under construction at the Black Sea Shipyard in Nikolaev. Delivery to the Ukrainian Navy is expected for 2015.

Expected specification of Project 58250

Length - 112 meters
Breadth - 10.1 m
Draught - 5.6 m
Displacement - 2,500 tons
Speed - 32 knots
Range - 4,000 miles

3D Multifunction radar - "Phoenix" fixed-face phased-array (probably derived from the radars on China's Type 052C/Ds)
Integrated sonar suite - Thales Kingklip bow + Thales Captas-2 variable-depth sonars
Combat management system - Thales TACTICOS
Antiship missile - 8 x MM40 Exocet Block 3
Surface-to-air - 16 VLS cells for Aster 15 or Umkhonto (one 8-cell group either side of the hangar) General-purpose gun - 1 x OtoMelara 76mm STRALES
Close-In Weapons System - 2 x Rheinmetall 35mm Millennium GDM-008 (one mounting either side of the hangar)
Lightweight torpedoes - 6 launch tubes for Eurotorp MU90 (3 tubes either side of the funnel)
ASW helicopter - 1 x Kamov Ka-28

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