Military Embedded Systems

Lionfish remotely controlled turret introduced by Leonardo


October 26, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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ARLINGTON, Va. Leonardo has introduced its newest naval defense product Lionfish, a family of small-caliber remotely controlled turrets. Designed and developed by Leonardo, the new line consists of four models, which feature Ultralight, Inner Reloading and Top of 12.7 mm caliber, and the model 20 of 20 mm caliber.

Equipped with a common architecture, the Lionfish family of turrets are designed to have a compact and low weight structure. The different models proposed are intended to make it a versatile solution suitable for installation on board various ships, as a primary and secondary defense system.

According to the company, the new human-machine interface systems are designed to reduce crew training times and the architectural solutions adopted are also intended to guarantee reliability and minimum maintenance times. The remote control of the turrets, which takes place via a local control console, and the suite of Leonardo's electro-optical sensors which they are equipped with, aims to allow the identification of targets.

Operating scenarios the systems are designed for include border control, prohibition of maritime traffic, self-protection, and the mitigation of threats such as asymmetrical surface, including helicopters and drones, according to Leonardo.

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