The German Navy has successfully completed operational suitability testing of the Vulcano 127mm guided ammunition, fired from frigate F125 with Leonardo’s 127/64 Lightweight naval gun.
This comprises the whole ammunition flow in the weapon, including programming and firing with proof of range and precision under operating conditions.
Vulcano 127mm and 155mm precision-guided ammunitions have been co-developed by Diehl Defence and Leonardo to meet the Italian and German governments’ requirements.
The Vulcano 127mm has a range of up to 80km and the Vulcano 155mm can achieve extended ranges of 70km, with both offering unique accuracy against stationary and moving targets.
Besides the basic configuration with a Height of Burst sensor, other configurations were qualified, with terminal homing sensors Semi-Active Laser and Far Infrared, which are deployed against stationary and moving single targets with highest accuracy.
According to Leonardo, this makes the Vulcano family the most accurate artillery ammunition for land and naval applications worldwide.
The powerful multi-role, Insensitive High-Explosive warhead with pre-fragmented tungsten splinters is most effective against soft targets, vehicles, semi-armored vehicles, infrastructures and all typical infantry command posts.