Diehl Defence has announced that qualification tests for the Vulcano 155mm ammunition are nearing completion.
Leonardo and Diehl Defence developed the Vulcano family of precision-guided munition for the 127mm naval guns and 155mm land artillery systems under a contract with Germany and Italy.
The companies also completed the qualification programme of the Vulcano 127mm weapon system and achieved compatibility with all 127mm and 155mm systems.
Diehl Defence stated that the 127/155mm ammunition family is undergoing testing for operational use by the Italian Navy and artillery.
In a statement, Diehl Defence said: “The fire command unit ‘pFCU’ with the embedded fire command computation programme ‘NABK’ was successfully tested by the artillery for the army ammunition V155mm and is used with its weapon systems FH70 and PzH2000.”
The company is also planning to undertake operational suitability test for Vulcano 127mm on the German Navy’s F125 Baden-Württemberg-class frigate.
Leonardo and Diehl are currently integrating Vulcano 155mm into the PzH2000 weapon system for the German Army.
The ammunition is expected to provide extended range and precision for howitzers.
While the Vulcano 155 will deliver a range of 70km, the Vulcano 127 is designed to provide an operative range of 80km.
Diehl Defence added: “The ammunition family reaches highest target accuracy through the unique combination of satellite-based navigation with laser or infrared-sensors for terminal homing.
“This makes the Vulcano family the most accurate artillery ammunition for land and naval applications worldwide.”
Vulcano 155mm projectile is a sub-calibre, fin-stabilised airframe loaded with insensitive explosive tungsten rings.
The high-explosive (IHE) warhead can be used against vehicles, semi-armoured vehicles, and infantry command posts.
The programming kits of the weapon systems support either fully integrated or standalone operations.