Thursday, November 22, 2012
This is coolbert:
That Otobreda 76 mm naval gun indeed does have a precision-guided-munition [PGM], capable of terminal guidance onto the target.
This is called DART!
"Since the 1980s efforts were made for development of guided 76mm ammunition, but this was not achieved until recently . . . This development is called DART (Driven Ammunition Reduced Time of flight) . . ."
"The DART projectile is made of two parts: the forward is free to rotate and has two small canard wings for flight control. The aft part has the 2.5 kg warhead (with tungsten cubes and the 3A millimetric wave new fuse), six fixed wings and the radio receivers."
"The guidance system is Command Line of Sight (CLOS). It uses a new RTN-25X radar that tracks both target and projectile location. The radio-command for them is provided on a broadcast data-link (Ka Band)."
PGM round as fired from the 76 mm naval gun using a radar [shipborne] to track both the target and projectile simultaneously, issue command corrections to the round while in flight for precision guidance to the target.
I cannot say for certain that those Israeli warships engaging in the bombardment of Gaza did employ DART, but it would not surprise me.
The current widely used Otobreda 76 mm gun based on the original design from a much earlier period by the Oto Melara firm.
See this YouTube video of the 76 MM super rapid fire naval gun in action.
The Soviet era defector Suvorov having great respect and admiration for the weapons design capability of the Italian: "The GRU [military intelligence] knows that the Italians have very good brains, the brains of great inventors. Few people realize that before the Second World War Italy's technology was a t an incredibly high level. The Italians were not especially brilliant in battle, and that obscured the extent of Italian achievement in military technology."
As it was then as it is NOW!