Italian Navy to receive Leonardo's new systems within the frame of fleet renewal programme

As part of the renewal of the of Italy’s naval fleet, a project called "Legge Navale (Naval Law)", Leonardo is involved in the development and implementation of advanced systems and sensors.
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Italian Navy to receive Leonardos new systems within the frame of fleet renewal programme 925 002Italian Navy Fleet. (Picture source: Italian Navy)

The fleet renewal programme includes cutting-edge, open-architecture combat management systems, an innovative dual-band radar, the new NA30S MK2 fire control system, a latest-generation IFF (Identification Friend & Foe) system featuring a circular antenna, an innovative static Infrared Search and Track (IRST) system and advanced communications systems.

The dual-band radar is notable because it is a multifunctional Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar with four fixed, dual-band faces in C and X bands. The IRST is an infrared sensor for target detection and tracking, based on multiple non-rotating optical heads, distributed around the ship for a seamless 360-degree view; the new integrated communication system includes the innovative Software Defined Radio, as well as multi-band satellite systems.

Italian Navy to receive Leonardos new systems within the frame of fleet renewal programme 925 001 127mm 127/64 LW – Vulcano. (Picture source: Leonardo)

As part of the same programme, Leonardo provides an advanced control system in conjunction with Fincantieri, called “Cockpit”. It allows for the integrated management of ship operations and the vessel’s combat capabilities with the aid of augmented reality, reducing the number of operators required.

Leonardo will also supply the 127/64 Light Weight (LW) gun, the most advanced large calibre naval gun in the world, and the qualification of the new above-deck version of the 76/62 naval gun is being completed. In its typical multi-role function, the 76/62 can be employed against air, sea, land and asymmetric targets. It will be equipped with the Strales kit, enabling it to fire Driven Ammunition Reduced Time Of Flight (DART). Another system under provision is the new ATAS sonar which, despite weighing less than eight tons, is the smallest and most powerful underwater sensor in the world, capable of detecting targets up to 40 km away.