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Italian Army to receive Leonardo’s containerised FOB protection system

14 December 2018
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Leonardo is supplying the Italian Army with three sets of containerised active defence components (ADC) to supplement forward operating base (FOB) protection systems.Leonardo’s containerised weapon platform, or tower, in the fully raised position and showing a roof-mounted 12.7 mm armed Hitrole Light RWS and bullet/splinter proof windows. (Christopher F Foss)Leonardo's containerised weapon platform, or tower, in the fully raised position and showing a roof-mounted 12.7 mm armed Hitrole Light RWS and bullet/splinter proof windows. (Christopher F Foss)

Under the contract, awarded in December 2016 to Leonardo, the first two 'towers' and the command control post (CCP) have been delivered. These are now going through a series of operational tests by the customer. When testing is complete, Leonardo is to deliver the remaining ADC components.

Each ADC consists of one standard 20x8x8 ft containerised CCP weighing 10 tonnes, and six standard 20x8x8 ft containerised weapon platforms, referred to as 'towers' that each weigh about 14 tonnes.

Each element can be deployed in the field using standard containerised handling systems such as fork lift trucks or cranes. In addition, each element has automatic legs and a self-levelling system so it can be loaded or unloaded from a truck without external lifting systems.

One complete ADC set is capable of protecting a typical FOB, although up to two sets can be connected to the FOB command-and-control centre to provide full coverage for larger bases.

Each CCP and tower is air conditioned and the latter is fitted with an integrated 12 kW diesel generator to provide a standalone capability, although in many FOBs electric power would be supplied by existing generators.

The CCP has an overall command capability and can receive information from other sensors, as well as having six operator positions for each of the towers, which enables the CCP to take over command if required.

When travelling, the three-part tower is retracted into the container and can rapidly be raised to 8 m above the ground within five minutes. The tower is normally unmanned with the Hitrole Light remote weapon station (RWS) being controlled from the CCP.

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