OTO Melara contract for delivery of 81 Hitrole Light turrets for Italian army Lince 4x4 armored 3003
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Defence & Security News - Italy
|Monday, June 30, 2014 11:52 AM|
|OTO Melara contract for delivery of 81 Hitrole Light turrets for Italian army Lince 4x4 armored.|
OTO Melara secured a contract worth about 20 million Euro with the Italian for 81 Hitrole® Light turrets that will be installed on Italian Army Lince light multirole vehicles. The turret is a derivative of the Hitrole® B and is much lighter and easy to install.
Lince (LMV) 4x4 Light Multirole Armoured Vehicle equipped with OTO Melara Hitrole® Light turret.
This order follows a request from the Italian Army as an Urgent Operational Requirement following some casualties among Lince machine gunners who operated the weapon without protection. The initial order was for 64 turrets, which was then increased to 81, one of them being the prototype which will undergo the qualification trials.
OTO Melara Hitrole® Light turret armed with 12.7mm machine gun.
The Hitrole® L has a maximum elevation of 70° and a maximum depression of 20°, with all three weapons; the optics group can be decoupled from the weapon and be used for surveillance while keeping the weapon at maximum elevation when operators want to keep an unthreatening profile to the locals, the decoupling being used also for superelevation when the fire control system requires it for AGL aiming.
The optics include Selex Galileo Mini-Colibri 3rd generation uncooled thermal imaging with a 4.6x3.4° FOV, a daylight colour camera with a 23x continuous zoom, and an eye-safe Class 1 laser rangefinder; the FCS shows the predicted impact point, angular speed being obtained from turret gyros. The Hitrole® L is based on an open architecture electronic and OTO Melara already considered functions such as automatic surveillance, auto-tracking and the adoption of more sophisticated optics (for target acquisition), while hardware/software solutions have been developed for full turret stabilisation.