The Israeli Navy has received the 76/62 Super Rapid Multi-Feeding naval gun for two Sa’ar 6-class corvettes at its Haifa Naval base.
The 76/62 enables air, anti-surface, and anti-missile defense for INS Oz and INS Magen ships.
The Israel Navy is one of the first international forces to procure the gunnery, according to Leonardo. Since 1973, the navy’s Sa’ar 4.5 fast attack craft have operated with six integrated 76/62 systems.
An acceptance ceremony for #Leonardo's 76/62 Super Rapido Multi-Feeding naval gun was held on board Israeli Navy’s ship Oz/Magen Sa'ar 6 class on September 13th in #Haifa, #Israel. The 76/62 SR MF will deploy corvette’s air, anti-surface and anti-missile defense capabilities. pic.twitter.com/E312Jc4SM8
— Leonardo Electronics (@LDO_Electronics) September 15, 2022
To date, Israel has procured four 76/62 systems as main guns for its new Sa’ar 6 corvettes.
76/62 Super Rapid
The 76/62 Super Rapid is a lightweight, 76-millimeter naval gun with a fire rate of 120 rounds per minute.
Its multi-feeding feature allows engagement against multi-domain threats. It can switch between conventional or guided ammunition configurations in real-time to operate in various scenarios.
The weapon can use various types of ammunition equipped with multifunctional programmable 3AP fuzes and 4AP fuzes developed by Leonardo.
76/62 works with SAPOMER and Vulcano ammunition to achieve a maximum firing range of 20 kilometers (12 miles) and 35 kilometers (22 miles), respectively
In a more challenging environment, the system can deploy Vulcano ammunition equipped with an infrared and semi-active laser to increase accuracy.
The 76/62 Super Rapid is the only system to fire the two ammunition types, according to Leonardo.
The 76/62 is built with the OTO Strales kit for engaging the most challenging targets, such as subsonic and supersonic threats.
OTO Strales is protected with a shielded chassis and contains a radio frequency antenna that works with OTO DART (Driven Ammunition Reduced Time of Flight) to mark and deploy three to five round bursts for maneuvering targets.