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Leonardo launches unmanned turrets for land and sea defence

Italian multinational defence company Leonardo has unveiled two new unmanned turrets for naval and land defence.

Italian multinational defence company Leonardo has unveiled two new unmanned turrets for naval and land defence.

The LIONFISH 30 naval turret and the HITFIST 30 unmanned light land turret were both featured for display at the Seafuture exhibition held at La Spezia Naval Base in Italy from 5 to 8 June.

In its eighth year, the Seafuture business convention showcases maritime and dual use technologies including maritime safety and security, electronic warfare-cyber defence, cyber security, research and development, communication information and navigation systems, underwater and defence innovations. The conference usually welcomes more than 300 registered companies and more than 70 foreign delegations.

Both remote-controlled turrets use a new 30mm gun and electrically powered weapon system developed by Leonardo. The turrets are also driven by artificial intelligence algorithms for contextual analysis and optimised engagement against multiple simultaneous threats.

The LIONFISH is designed to be installed on small platforms with remote control and electro-optical options, enabling protection from all types of asymmetric threat such as drones and helicopters using high-efficiency air burst ammunition.

The HITFIST 30 remote-controlled turret can also use air burst ammunition and be installed on vehicles with stringent weight restrictions including amphibious models.

“Leonardo has designed these new defence systems for use in modern, continuously evolving operational scenarios where threats, especially from the air, are becoming increasingly complex,” a statement published by Leonardo said.

Robert Dougherty

Robert Dougherty

Robert is a senior journalist who has previously worked for Seven West Media in Western Australia, as well as Fairfax Media and Australian Community Media in New South Wales. He has produced national headlines, photography and videography of emergency services, business, community, defence and government news across Australia. Robert graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Majoring in Public Relations and Journalism at Curtin University, attended student exchange program with Fudan University and holds Tier 1 General Advice certification for Kaplan Professional. Reach out via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via LinkedIn.
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