Italian excellence in naval weapons systems and Canada further strengthen their relationship. Canada is a very important market for Leonardo, with several commercial opportunities ranging from naval systems to helicopters, from control and management solutions for airports to logistics. The latest news is that Leonardo is supplying Lockheed Martin Canada with four OTO 127/64 LightWeight (LW) Vulcano naval weapon systems, including the automatic ammunition supply platform, for the new ships of the Canadian Navy.
The agreement, part of the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) programme, provides for the installation of three systems aboard the new vessels and the use of the fourth for training activities. The Canadian Surface Combatant programme, which involves the construction of fifteen multi-mission vessels by Irving Shipbuilding Inc. in its Halifax, Nova Scotia, shipyard, is part of a larger long-term project, the National Shipbuilding Strategy, aimed at renewing the entire Canadian fleet.
Already chosen by six navies over the last ten years, the OTO 127/64 LW Vulcano is the highest performing system on the market and has a highly flexible architecture that allows it to be installed on all types of platforms. State-of-the-art technology and full digitalisation ensure constant support for operators and the on-board Combat Management System (CMS) in calculating possible firing solutions during mission planning.
The system is the only one in the world capable of perfectly integrating Leonardo’s Vulcano 127mm ammunition, both in the Guided Long Range (GLR) and Ballistic Extended Range (BER) versions. The system used and developed guarantees high operational flexibility thanks to the ability to programme the specific configuration of the mission.
It is important to remember that the agreement comes within the framework of the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) programme and foresees the installation of three systems on board the new maritime units and the use of the fourth for training activities. The Canadian Surface Combatant programme, which foresees the construction of fifteen multi-mission ships, is part of the broader long-term project of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, aimed at the renewal of the entire Canadian fleet.