Oto Me­lara tests Dart/Strales am­mu­ni­tion


The first lot of Dart/Strales 76mm guided am­mu­ni­tion, pro­duced by Oto Me­lara, was suc­cess­fully tested at the end of March. The fir­ing tri­als were con­ducted on board one of the Ital­ian Navy’s ships equipped with Strales 76mm SR and Selex NA25 fire con­trol sys­tem.

The fir­ing tri­als were con­ducted with quick bursts of fire against fast, ma­noeu­vring and non-ma­noeu­vring, ra­dio con­trolled tar­gets at low and very low al­ti­tude and at a range of more than 5,000 me­tres.

The cus­tomers who at­tended the fir­ing tri­als, which in­cluded the co­op­er­a­tion of other Navy’s air-sea craft, were fully sat­is­fied with the tri­als’ re­sults which con­firm the qual­ity, re­li­a­bil­ity and ef­fec­tive­ness of this rev­o­lu­tion­ary de­fence sys­tem.

The com­pany’s top man­age­ment com­mented on the videos say­ing that they are a clear ev­i­dence of the sys­tem’s ef­fec­tive­ness.

The Strales 76mm sys­tem with Dart guided am­mu­ni­tion is the only weapon sys­tem in the world which can en­sure high level per­for­mance (at a lower cost than ded­i­cated anti-mis­sile sys­tems) in the en­gage­ment of manouevring su­per­sonic mis­siles with high lat­eral g force. The sys­tem is very ef­fec­tive also in the en­gage­ment of fast ma­noeu­vring lit­tle boats.

The Dart pro­jec­tiles are guided by a ra­dio beam that fol­lows the tar­get by means of hom­ing sys­tem. The pro­jec­tile is fit­ted with a prox­im­ity fuze, but there were many hits dur­ing the fir­ing tri­als.

The 76mm naval gun with Strales kit has the same char­ac­ter­is­tics of bal­lis­tic am­mu­ni­tion when it is used to en­gage air, naval and sur­face tar­gets; with Vul­cano am­mu­ni­tion it will en­sure high pre­ci­sion tar­get en­gage­ment, with a fire range two times higher than con­ven­tional am­mu­ni­tion.

The Strales sys­tem can be in­stalled on the 76mm naval guns which are al­ready in ser­vice.

Oto Me­lara is plan­ning the pro­duc­tion of Strales kits and new am­mu­ni­tion lots to guar­an­tee quick de­liv­ery to new cus­tomers who will ask for this in­no­va­tive sys­tem.

At present 12 Strales 76mm sys­tems are in ser­vice, 15 are go­ing to be de­liv­ered, and or­ders for 30 sys­tems are fore­seen in the next five years.

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