A German consortium consisting of HDW, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall
achieved a new milestone in naval artillery mounting MONARC 155mm howitzer on
The MONARC solution promises to increase the range and effectiveness of
ship-mounted artillery and ammunition several times over.
MONARC solution is based on German Army self-propelled howitzer PzH 2000 turret
and main gun. It must be admitted, PzH 2000 currently is the best howitzer in
For demonstration purposes, one complete PzH 2000 turret was temporarily mounted
to the foredeck of the Hamburg frigate, F124-class.
Once demonstrated the feasibility of mounting the MONARC solution on an existing
ship, maintaining the full range of essential fire support characteristics of
the PzH 2000. The German consortium and especially Rheinmetall seek to develop a
new generation of ammunition to extend the range of PzH 2000 main gun from 40 km
to over 80 km.
An increased range will give F124 frigates the capability to strike ashore
targets or engage longer naval ones with great accuracy using its new 155mm main gun.
From the standpoint of naval architecture, the problem of mounting a large gun
on a vessel lies in the effects of recoil on the structure of the ship. The
reduction of recoil force has been achieved by means of an elastic mounting. It
is expected improved ammunition storage and handling systems over PzH 2000 basic
design. In order to compensate for the movement of the ship, the gun-laying
system is going to be stabilized.
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