October 31, 2018 (Google Translation) – Leonardo has signed a contract with the German Federal Agency for Military Procurement (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Information Technology and Nutzung der Bundeswehr) for the supply of seven OTO 76/62 systems , in Super Rapid version , which will equip the K130 corvettes of the German Navy . Training and supply of spare parts are also planned.
With this acquisition, Leonardo ‘s naval equipment becomes the reference defense system for the German Navy , which has already tested its capabilities in the compact version, installed on the first batch of corvettes on the basis of a previous contract.
The historic collaboration with the country and with the procurement agency is strengthened by the latter agreement. The supply of Leonardo’s first naval artillery systems, in particular the 76/62 Compact, dates back to the ’70s. More recent acquisitions include the 127/64 naval cannons able to operate the Vulcano ammunition and the Hitrole 12.7 turrets in service on board the Fregate F125.
The OTO 76/62 Super Rapido system , part of Leonardo’s naval artillery offer, represents a commercial success : it is in fact used by almost 60 Marine in the world . It is the only medium caliber capable of sustaining a cadence of up to 120 strokes per minute , a fundamental requirement for defense in asymmetrical war scenarios . It is characterized by lightness , accuracy and use of guided ammunition . The flexibility of use makes the system particularly suitable for anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense and forpoint defense . It can be integrated on any type and class of ship , including smaller units.
Depending on the configuration the OTO 76/62 Super Rapido can include the STRALES functionality , ie the ability to operate the DART guided munition to counter very maneuverable targets, and the VULCANO function , to operate a long distance GPS-guided ammunition and extreme precision . As an option, the Multi Feeding (MF) device allows real-time selection of standard and guided ammunition in response to the engagement scenario.
Recently the OTO 76/62 has successfully passed a cyber assessment conducted by Leonardo itself, aimed at ensuring the resilience of the system from possible cyber hostile attacks , an increasingly frequent threat in the case of particularly sophisticated systems.