ORP Mewa, the third in a series of minehunters built for the Polish Navy at Remontowa Shipbuilding in Gdansk, has been equipped with OSU-35K armament system elements. The cannon was installed on Saturday, November 12, at the wharf of the Consortium Member – PGZ Naval Shipyard in Gdynia.
ORP Mewa is the last ship of the three built so far, which will go to the 13th minesweeper squadron, part of the 8th Coastal Defense Flotilla. It was built under a contract signed in 2017 between the Armament Inspectorate and a consortium led by Remontowa Shipbuilding SA. The consortium also includes OBR CTM SA and PGZ Naval Shipyard in Gdynia.
The system comprises the AM-35K automatic cannon, ZGS-35K integrated tracking head, BSKO-35K fire control system block and RSKO-35K reserve fire control post. The OSU-35K combats airborne targets manoeuvring course, velocity and altitude in the zone of fire and seaborne targets. The system can detect, track and combat airborne targets such as aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles or missiles of unarmoured or lightly armoured surface targets and targets in asymmetric operations.
The OSU-35K armament will also get on board three more Project 258 Kormoran II minehunters ordered for the Polish Navy in June this year. The contract will run from 2022-2026 and provide 3 OSU-35K Systems delivery.
After technical trials, the test cannon will be transferred to the second ship in the series – ORP Albatros, where a flag-raising ceremony is scheduled for November 28.
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