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KNDS Tests of ASCALON Gun Going Further

Photo of the ASCALON gun firing tests [© KNDS]

KNDS tests of the ASCALON gun are going further ~ KNDS has made a new successful firing campaign of the ASCALON 140mm gun.

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Press Release, Amsterdam, 10 June 2024: KNDS is actively working to demonstrate the maturity of ASCALON 140mm gun and its ammunition. The last firing campaign in May 2024 has shown the excellent capacities of the 140 and 120mm barrels as well as the APFSDS rounds maturity. The ASCALON programme includes several hundreds of firings of 120 and 140mm barrels from May 2022 to December 2025. The next important step is firing tests from an MBT in 2025.

Library image of ASCALON Gun [© Bob Morrison]

A scalable gun for more modularity: KNDS demonstration included shooting with a 140mm ASCALON barrel followed by a quick change to a 120mm ASCALON barrel before new firing of 120mm ammunition. This campaign shows the possibility offered by the ASCALON concept to fit any barrel from 120 mm to 140 mm on a sole carriage in less than one hour.

ASCALON, the new gun concept for the development of the MGCS main weapon: The innovative concept ASCALON delivers performance levels that current technologies do not offer. It also proposes a significant growth potential. As the innovation leader of heavy calibre gun and ammunition, KNDS designed ASCALON with an open architecture to serve as a basis for cooperative development of a combat gun platform within the framework of the Franco-German MGCS programme, laying the foundations for the future standard of European tank gun and ammunition.

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