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127/64 Lightweight Naval Gun Mount[1]
Production history
Designer Oto Melara
Designed 2005[2]
Manufacturer Oto Melara
Produced 2012[2]
Specifications
Barrel length 320 inches (810 cm)[1]

Shell 127 millimetres (5.0 in)
Shell weight 29 kilograms (64 lb) to 31 kilograms (68 lb)[1]
Caliber 127mm
Rate of fire 35 rpm[1]
Muzzle velocity 808 metres per second (2,650 ft/s)[1]
Effective range 30,000 metres (33,000 yd)
Maximum range 120 kilometres (75 mi)[1]
External images
Hi-res image of Oto Melara 127/64
Publicity shot of the Oto Melara 127/64

The upcoming Oto Melara 127/64 Lightweight (LW) naval gun mount is a rapid fire gun mount suitable for installation on large and medium size ships, intended for surface fire and naval gunfire support as main role and anti-aircraft fire as secondary role. The compactness of the gun feeding system makes possible the installation on narrow section crafts.

The gun can fire all standard 5 inch ammunition including the new Vulcano long range guided ammunition.

Modular automatic feeding magazines allow the firing of up to four different and immediately selectable types of ammunition; the magazines (four drums, each with one shell ready to fire) can be reloaded while the mount is in operation.

An ammunition manipulator system is available to transport projectiles and propelling charges from the main ammunition store to the feeding magazines, which are automatically reloaded. Ammunition flow is reversible. Rounds can be automatically unloaded from the gun. Digital and Analog interfaces are available for any Combat Management System, also according to Corba protocol.

The 127/64 LW naval gun mounts includes a Vulcano module, which acts twofold:

  • Programmer for ammunition's fuse and guidance system
  • Mission Planning and Execution for Naval Fire Support Action (firing solutions, selection of ammunition, definition of trajectories and firing sequences, ballistic computations accounting for ammunition type, etc.), as a standalone or in interaction with ship's Network Centric System

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