Finmeccanica is developing two types of precision
guided projectiles for naval guns, the DAVIDE,
designed as a high velocity anti-aircraft munition for the Oto-Melara
76mm naval gun while Vulcano is designed for
precision land attack missions, for the 127mm gun.
76mm High Velocity, Anti-Air Munition
system utilizes the Driven Ammunition Reduced Time of Flight
(DART) concept, with muzzle velocity of 1200 m/sec, the system
enables effective interception of aerial and missile targets
at ranges beyond 5 km, and up to 35 km, in shore bombardments.
Davide is equipped canard control section, enabling the projectile
to maneuver at loads of up to 40 gs, It is fitted with a high
explosive warhead, encased inside a pre-engraved fragmentation
case and is activated by a proximity microwave fuze. The system
can be used as add-on to existing 76/62 mm naval guns.
Range 127mm Projectile
represents a new family of Long Range Ammunition for the 127mm
naval guns. Its primary role will be in naval fire support for
shore bombardments. Vulcano provides range enhancement by increasing
muzzle velocity without using rocket assist, thus preserving
barrel life. Vulcano will be compatible with 127/54, 127/64and
5"/54 naval guns and 155mm land based artillery. The Vulcano
family will include unguided, extended range ammunition (70
km range), with multifunctional programmable proximity fuze,
a precision attack, terminally guided version, with an infrared
seeker for the engagement of surface naval targets at ranges
beyond 70 kilometers, and an autonomous GPS/IMU guided ammunition
capable of engaging land based surface targets at a range beyond
100 km, with a precision better than 20meters CEP. for long
range, precision land attack missions.