DARDO

DARDO
DARDO
BredaDardo40mm.jpg
Type Naval gun
Place of origin  Italy
Production history
Manufacturer Oto Melara
Variants Compact, Fast Forty
Specifications
Weight Complete gun mount (less ammo): 5,500 kg (12,000 lb)
Complete round (HE): 4.05 kg (8.9 lb)
Height Enclosed turret: 2.4 m (7 ft 10 in)
Type A mount: 1.3 m (4 ft 3 in)
Type B mount: 0.92 m (3 ft 0 in)
Diameter Mount ring: 1.7 m (5 ft 7 in)
Working circle: 2.902 m (9 ft 6.3 in)

Caliber 40 mm
Barrels 2 × Breda-built Bofors-40 mm L/70
Elevation Minimum -13°
Maximum +85°
speed: 60°/s (70°/s Fast Forty)
Traverse Full 360° traverse, speed: 90°/s (100°/s Fast Forty)
Rate of fire 2 × 300 round/min
2 × 450 round/min (Fast Forty)
Effective range HE round: 4,000 m (4,400 yd)
Maximum range AA with HE: 8,700 m (9,500 yd)
Feed system Magazine:
736 HE rounds (444 Type B mount)
Dual feed mechanism with 736 HE and 200 APFSDS rounds (Fast Forty)

DARDO is a Close-in weapon system (CIWS) built by the Italian companies Breda and Oto Melara. It is composed of two Breda-built Bofors 40 mm firing high explosive (HE) shells, a fire-control radar (RTN-10X) and a fire-control system (RTN-20X and Dardo). It is the last of a long series of Italian anti-aircraft weapons derived from the Swedish Bofors 40 mm autocannons (mounted on Breda built gun mounts such as the Type 64, Type 106, Type 107, Type 564 and Type 520).

The system's primary purpose is to defend against anti-ship missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles and other precision guided weapons. It can also be employed against conventional and rotary-wing aircraft, surface ships, small water-crafts, coastal targets and floating mines.

DARDO is installed in an enclosed turret with two different mounts: the Type A with 440-round internal and 292-round under-deck magazines; and Type B with only the 440-round internal magazine (Type B requires no deck penetration).

The Fast Forty is an improved version of the system with a higher rate of fire, dual magazine and dual feed mechanism to allow switching from HE to armour-piercing fin-stabilized discarding sabot (APFSDS) rounds when a missile gets within 1,000 meters from the vessel.

Contents

Users

Here are some platforms using the Breda DARDO:

 Argentina

 Bangladesh

  • BNS Bangabandhu

 Ecuador

  • Esmeraldas class corvette
  • Quito class missile boat

 Iraq

 Italy

 South Korea

 Malaysia

 Peru

 Venezuela

See also

  • Bofors 40 mm

References

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