Germany Opts for Mauser Automatic Cannon MK 30-2 with Air Burst Munition
(Source: Mauser Werke Oberndorf; issued May 5, 2003)
Mauser-Werke Oberndorf Waffensysteme GmbH and Oerlikon Contraves Pyrotec AG, both members of the Rheinmetall DeTec AG, have been selected to arm the new Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) of the Germany Army.

The automatic cannon MK 30-2 has already been chosen by Austria for its ULAN IFV and by Spain for Pizarro IFV.

Thanks to these programmes, the Mauser MK 30-2 automatic cannon ­ a 30mm x 173 calibre system ­ and the accompanying ammunition are now in full-scale production. Moreover, a complete family of new sub-calibre service and training rounds is available for this cannon, having been tested and approved by several armies.

For the new German Infantry Fighting Vehicle the MK 30-2 will be delivered with the new "Airburst Munition" (ABM). This programmable round contains an electronic time module programmed inductively at the muzzle and carries a payload of cylindrical tungsten alloy sub-projectiles, which are released by small ejection charge. The round has been developed to engage infantry and anti-tank teams and its lethality can be adjusted by varying the stand-off distance at which the sub-projectiles are released in front of the target.

Of the various 30mm x 173 automatic cannons on the market today, the Mauser MK 30-2 has the highest rate of fire (nominal 700 rounds per minute). Thus, unlike other 30mm cannons, the MK 30-2 ­ in conjunction with contemporary fire control technology and turret systems ­ can be used in an air defence role against helicopters.

The MK 30-2 meets the full range of modern performance and safety criteria. Unlike chain guns, the MK 30-2 has a built-in first round response capability due to the double feeder, and can be fired in emergency mode. Within a range up to 3,000 metres the MK 30-2 delivers a maximum of effectiveness against land-, air- and sea-targets.

Combining high performance with latest ammunition technology this gas-operated cannon offers long-term dependability even under punishing field conditions.

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