The Rome-based prime has been selected to deliver naval guns for the Canadian Navy’s Halifax Class frigates.
Leonardo has been tasked with supplying Lockheed Martin Canada with four OTO 127/64 LightWeight (LW) Vulcano naval guns and an Automatic Ammunition Handling System (AAHS).
Three of the systems are set to be installed on the Royal Canadian Navy’s new Canadian Surface Combatants (CSC) – built by Irving Shipbuilding Inc at the Halifax shipyard in Nova Scotia – with one system to be used for training activities.
The OTO 127/64 LW Vulcano is equipped with a flexible architecture designed to enable continuous assistance to operators and support to the onboard Combat Management System by calculating shooting solutions during mission planning.
The system is integrated with the Vulcano 127mm ammunition, both in the Guided Long Range and the Ballistic Extended Range versions.
Additionally, Leonardo’s 4AP fuse for conventional ammunition ensures high operational flexibility based on its mission-specific configuration programmability features.
The OTO 127/64 LW Vulcano is also supported by Leonardo’s AAHS solution, which powers automatic gun reloading by managing both Vulcano long-range precision strike and conventional ammunition simultaneously.
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