Leonardo has successfully concluded an extensive vulnerability assessment campaign on its OTO 76/62 Super Rapid (SR) naval gun in order to demonstrate its resilience to cyber-attacks in the future.

Though several enhancements to the weapon system have improved the performance of the gun mount, in addition to making the system potentially more exposed to the risk of cyber-attacks.

To address this issue, the company launched the comprehensive vulnerability assessment to recognise potential cyber threats and address them with the implementation of necessary countermeasures.

During the assessment, Leonardo challenged the technology in the naval gun system to identify different attack scenarios such as malware or viruses present on removable devices and behaviour falling outside basic rules of cybersecurity, which could be exploited by voluntary or accidental actions.

“The OTO 76/62 SR gun mount is a lightweight, rapid-fire naval gun that can perform any air defence or anti-surface role.”

In addition, the cybersecurity assessment demonstrated that the OTO 76/62 SR naval gun meets several security requirements put forward by expert bodies, specifically the NIST SP800-53, ISO 15408 and ISO 27002 standards.

The OTO 76/62 SR weapon system features a gun console, which is capable of managing every other part of the weapon mount.

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Depending on its configuration, the naval gun could include the Strales capability, which is a targeting system for the DART highly manoeuvrable projectile, the Vulcano munitions capability and the multi feeding (MF) device for automatic handling of ammunition.

The assessment has also helped identify potential weaknesses of the system and implement required security measures to mitigate the risk associated with the vulnerabilities.

Suitable for installation on any navy vessel, the OTO 76/62 SR gun mount is a lightweight, rapid-fire naval gun that can perform any air defence or anti-surface role.