Mauser BK27 (27 mm)

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Description

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History

In the late 1960s, the British, West Germans, and Italians collaborated on the Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) program to create a jet that would serve as their needed counter to the Soviets MiG-25 "Foxbat" and Su-15 "Flagon". The result was the Panavia Tornado, and the aircraft needed a cannon. Mauser stepped up to the plate and created the Mauser BK27 (Bordkanone, meaning "on-board canon"). Mauser's creation of this weapon is not a surprise as the first modern revolver cannon was also developed by Mauser. The MK 213 was developed during World War II, but it never saw combat. After the war, Mauser was disbanded (it was re-established in the 1950s due to the need to supply the recently formed Bundeswehr of West Germany) and the designers soon left for greener pastures in the US, UK, France, and Switzerland and took the designs with them. From this designer exodus, the M39, ADEN, DEFA, and Oerlikon KCA cannons were born.

The BK 27 fires a 27x145 mm cartridge developed by Mauser and is a gas-operated action. Along with the Panavia Tornado, the BK 27 was also mounted on other European aircraft. These aircraft include two additional international joint venture aircraft. The French-West German Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet uses the BK 27 as does the Swedish SAAB JAS 39 Grippen and the Eurofighter Typhoon. Typhoon notably uses a linkless feed system for the BK 27 to improve reliability. It is also the basis for remote-controlled weapons stations used by the Deutsche Marine (German Navy).

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Germany aircraft cannons
15 mm  MG 151
20 mm  MG 151 · MG C/30L · MG FF · MG FF/M
27 mm  Mauser BK27
30 mm  MK 101 · MK 103 · MK 108
37 mm  BK 3.7
50 mm  BK 5 · Mk.214a
75 mm  BK 7.5
  Foreign:
20 mm  Hispano Mk.V (Britain) · M24A1 (USA) · M61A1 (USA) · ShVAK (USSR)
23 mm  GSh-23L (USSR) · NR-23 (USSR) · VYa-23 (USSR)
30 mm  DEFA 552 (France) · GSh-30-1 (USSR) · GSh-30-2K (USSR) · NR-30 (USSR)
37 mm  N-37D (USSR)

Britain aircraft cannons
20 mm  Hispano Mk.I · Hispano Mk.II · Hispano Mk.V · Oerlikon KAD-B
25 mm  ADEN 25
30 mm  ADEN · ADEN Mk.4
40 mm  Rolls-Royce Type BH · Vickers S
47 mm  Vickers P
57 mm  Molins Class M
  Foreign:
20 mm  GI2 (South Africa) · Hispano 404 (France) · M61A1 (USA)
27 mm  Akan m/85 (Sweden) · Mauser BK27 (Germany)
30 mm  M230E-1 (USA)

Italy aircraft cannons
20 mm  Hispano 404 (France) · Hispano Mk.II (Britain) · Hispano Mk.V (Britain) · M24A1 (USA) · M61A1 (USA) · TM197B
  MG 151 (Germany) · MG FF (Germany) · MG FF/M (Germany)
23 mm  GSh-23L (USSR)
27 mm  Mauser BK27 (Germany)
30 mm  DEFA 552 (France) · GSh-30-2K (USSR) · Hispano HS 825 · MK 103 (Germany) · MK 108 (Germany)
37 mm  BK 3.7 (Germany) · Breda Model 39 37/54
102 mm  102/35 mod 14