Leonardo’s Electronics Division awarded to produce Lionfish 12.7 Inner Reloading remote weapon station (RWS) for an undisclosed naval application with an overseas customer. The Lionfish 12.7 Inner Reloading is a remotely controlled small caliber naval gun system, providing the operator with the capability of reloading the ammunitions from below deck in safe conditions. The capability to be reloaded by a safe protection makes this turret fit for an installation on the roof of small boats for border control, maritime traffic interdiction and self-protection.
The Lionfish 12.7 Inner Reloading is fitted with a 12.7 mm machine gun feed by a 100 ready to fire rounds magazine, compatible with a wide variety of 12.7 x 99 NATO standard ammunitions such as: AP, API, APT, APIT, M33 ball. The reloading of the magazine can be carried out, in safe conditions, from below deck, in fact a proper lamp starts blinking as soon as the last round has been picked up from the Ammunitions Box thus allowing the operator to link a new Ammunitions Belt to the one still
present in the gun.
The Electro-Optical Director is constituted of an accurate sensors suite (with an automatic tracking functionality) constituted of a daylight camera, an IR camera and a LASER Range Finder. In emergency conditions, proper handles, located in the rear part of the cradle, allow to manually move the turret and fire.The Lionfish 12.7 Inner Reloading is remotely controlled through its own Local Remote Control Console and it is able to autonomously determine the stabilized firing coordinates by performing ballistic and target trajectory calculations.
Using internal research and development funding, Leonardo’s Electronics Division has developed and begun producing its Lionfish 12.7 Inner Reloading remote weapon station (RWS). The Lionfish is the new family of small calibre naval turrets. Their light weight, compact dimensions and safe-usage makes them the best choice for installation on small ships or as secondary armament on larger ships. The Lionfish Turrets are conceived for those Customers looking for a versatile gun system, usable in a broad set of applications.