The Naval Material Command of the Royal Danish Navy has awarded a procurement
contract with Oerlikon Contraves, a Rheinmetall subsidiary, for Millennium gun
system, which includes 35mm Millennium cannon and 35mm Ahead Air Burst Munition
Millenium cannons will be installed on the new Combat Support Ships (CSS) of the
Royal Danish Navy providing close-in air defense. Each ship will feature two
cannons, one forward of the bridge and one aft on the helicopter hangar roof.
Both weapons will be controlled by the Saab CEROS fire control system and the
ship's command management system provided by Terma.
The Millennium guns will fulfill the inner layer defense role coupled with Ahead
35mm air burst ammunition, which will be responsible for defeating both
symmetric and asymmetric surface and air threats as a multi-role weapon system.
The order placed by the Naval Material Command turns Denmark into the seventh
NATO operator for both the Millennium 35/1000 revolver cannon and Ahead 35mm air
burst munition. Together, these two items, can match the challenge posed by high
demanding modern operational scenarios, including terrorism.
Initially four gun systems will be procured by Denmark to equip two Combat
Support Ships, but the final number of vessels to be procured by the Royal
Danish Navy could increase the order for Millennium gun systems. Additionally,
the Royal Danish Navy retains options for further gun systems to equip the
patrol vessel program, which is a derivative of the CSS design.
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