Indian Navy to acquire 127 / 64 LW guns from OTO Melara

6 January 2015 (Last Updated January 6th, 2015 18:30)

The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed plans to procure 127mm lightweight (LW) guns from Italian firm OTO Melara.

The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed plans to procure 127mm lightweight (LW) guns from Italian firm OTO Melara.

As part of the $243.5m deal, OTO Melara will deliver 13 127mm guns, which will be integrated on indigenously designed and built Shivalik-class frigates and Delhi-class destroyers, IHS Janes reported.

"OTO Melara will deliver 13 127mm guns."

OTO Melara was the sole bidder after BAE Systems declined to participate with its 127mm / 62 calibre Mk45 naval gun system.

Designed to meet the requirements of naval fire support and long-range engagement of surface targets, the 127 / 64 LW naval gun, when integrated with Vulcano ammunition, reportedly provides high-level performance and target precision with limited reaction time.

The rapid-gun fire mount, which can be mounted on large and medium-sized vessels, can fire all standard 5in and Vulcano guided long-range ammunition and includes surface, naval gunfire and anti-aircraft firing capabilities.

However, the contract is yet to receive special clearance from the MoD's defence acquisition council (DAC). OTO Melara will also require a special endorsement from the DAC for the 127 / 64 LW gun, as it is a subsidiary of Finmeccanica.