UK-based MSI-Defence Systems – exhibiting with PT Tesco Maritime (Hall D, Stand 165) – is showcasing its Seahawk family of shipborne small-calibre naval gun systems here at Indo Defence 2014.
Evolved over time from the original DS 30B mounting developed by MSI-Defence Systems for the UK Royal Navy, Seahawk family portfolio includes the compact 20mm Seahawk Lightweight, the 25mm and 30mm Seahawk A1 (on-mount sensor) and A2 (off-mount electro-optical director [EOD]) mountings, and the hybrid gun/missile Seahawk SIGMA (which additionally integrates the Thales Lightweight Multirole Missile alongside a 25mm or 30mm cannon).
More than 250 Seahawk systems have been sold to date, with systems in service with 16 navies worldwide. Indonesia has joined that community with the arrival of the three Bung Tomo-class corvettes; each of these ships is equipped with an earlier variant of the Seahawk line in the shape of the DS 30B REMSIG 30mm gun.
Other regional users of Seahawk include Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand.
The 20mm Seahawk Lightweight is seen by MSI-Defence as particularly applicable to policing applications in Indonesia and the wider region, where demand for this type of weapon has increased dramatically in recent years. Both the Denel G12 and Oerlikon KAE 20 mm cannons are available as new-build; alternatively, existing 20mm guns may be retrofitted to the mounting to allow for the reuse of legacy ordnance.
MSI-Defence Systems recently unveiled the Seahawk Ultra-Lite (UL), the latest and lightest member of its Seahawk family of naval gun systems. The company sees Seahawk UL providing smaller craft with a highly accurate stabilised gun system. Alternatively, the system could provide larger vessels with an inner layer of force protection.