has selected the OTO/Melara 127mm/54 five inch gun for its new F125 frigates.
The 127mm "Lightweight Naval Gun Mount" is an automatic cannon that
is operated by remote control. There is, in effect, no gun crew in the conventional
sense. The gun system weighs 25 tons, including a 40 round magazine. Actually,
there are two magazines, so two different types of shells can be used (like
high explosive, or anti-aircraft rounds). The gun can fire up to 35 rounds a
minute. The gun barrel can be elevated 70 degrees.
The F125 frigates that
will mount the "Lightweight Naval Gun Mount", displace 5,500 tons.
This is larger than some destroyers, but it's become unfashionable in Europe to
call a warship a "destroyer." The F125s are 431 feet long and highly automated.
They have a crew of 120. Actually, they have two crews, so the F-125s can stay
at sea for long periods of time, with the crews changing every four months.
Armament consists of eight anti-ship missiles, two RAM anti-missile missile
systems, one 127mm gun, four 27mm automatic cannon, four remotely controlled
12.7mm machine-guns, two manually controlled 12.7mm machine-guns, water cannons
and berthing space for fifty commandos.