Rheinmetall tests Revolver Gun against drone swarms

With 252 ready-to-fire rounds and a rate of fire of 1,000 rds/min, the Revolver Gun Mk 3 is said to be able to engage four targets at once

Rheinmetall tests Revolver Gun against drone swarms

The Revolver Gun Mk 3. Photo: Rheinmetall

Germany's Rheinmetall recently tested its 35mm Revolver Gun Mk 3's capability to engage unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) swarms. According to the Janes website, the tests were conducted at the Ochsenboden firing range in Switzerland in mid-June.

Gerson Jaklin, marketing and sales manager at Rheinmetall Air Defence, said the gun was mounted on a Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) HX2 6×6 truck with an adaptor plate for easy access to the weapon. Rheinmetall Air Defence CEO Fabian Ochsner described it as "a solid truck" but added that "lots of engineering" was required to stabilize it to the same extent as the concrete platforms used by the Skyguard air defense system, the report said. 

With 252 ready-to-fire rounds and a rate of fire of 1,000 rds/min, the Revolver Gun Mk 3 can engage four targets at once. Using a Ku-band tracking radar installed on the turret to align it for greater accuracy, the gun fired 18 rounds of advanced hit efficiency and destruction (AHEAD) air burst munition at a swarm of eight octocopter UAVs at a range of 800-900m, according to Janes. 

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