Egypt will be getting $20 million worth of Searanger 20 mm naval guns from the United States under a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract.
The US Department of Defence announced on 29 September that American Rheinmetall Systems of Biddeford, Maine, was awarded a $19 986 969 contract for Rheinmetall-Oerlikon Searanger gun systems, including spares and training. If options are included, the contract reaches $20.2 million.
Work will be performed in Biddeford, Maine (90%) and Egypt (10%), and is expected to be completed by March 2024.
According to Rheinmetall, the Searanger remotely controlled gun station is ideal for small boats for coast guard, police, anti-pirate and anti-smuggling missions, or for close-in defence on larger vessels.
Effective range is up to 2 000 metres, and maximum rate of fire is 1 000 rounds per minute. The system contains 200 rounds of ammunition ready to fire.
The Searanger is fitted with a 20 mm KAE autocannon, which is the latest version of the widely used KAA. It has day/night electro-optical sensors with an integrated video-tracking function. The cannon can use Rheinmetall’s new SAPPIE-T ammunition, which has armoured-piercing characteristics, but contains no explosive, making it safe and easy to transport and store.
The Searanger is in service with the Egyptian Navy’s new Lürssen patrol vessels. These were originally destined for Saudi Arabia but acquired by Egypt instead.