Leonardo Unveils New Naval Defence Turrets

By Mike Ball / 27 Oct 2020
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Leonardo has introduced the Lionfish range of small-calibre remotely controlled turrets for naval defense applications. Completely designed and developed by Leonardo, the four new models include the 12.7 mm calibre Ultralight, Inner Reloading and Top, and the 20mm Model 20.

  • Ultralight provides the lightest weight, the smallest deck interface and the best trade-off between performance and price.
  • Inner Reloading provides the operator with the ability to reload turret ammunition from below deck in safe conditions.
  • Top is designed to meet demanding asymmetric warfare requirements, with a large magazine, and can deal with threats surrounding the ship in events such as attempted hijacking.
  • The Model 20 features long-range operation and a high rate of fire, providing very small surface vessels with the capability to neutralize asymmetric surface threats, helicopters and drones, and can also be used by larger vessels as a secondary armament.

Featuring a common architecture, the Lionfish turrets are compact and lightweight, providing excellent reliability and minimum maintenance times. The different models provide options for installation on almost any kind of vessel as a primary or secondary defense system. The new advanced human-machine interface systems have been designed to be as easy to use as possible in order to minimize crew training times.

Remote control of the turrets, which takes place via a local control console, and Leonardo’s suite of state-of-the-art electro-optical sensors provide high-precision target identification both at night and during the day. The Lionfish range is ideal for applications such as border control, prohibition of maritime traffic, fleet protection and counter-UAV defenses.

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