OTOMATIC

In 1979 the Italian OTO-Melara company began the development of a turret armed with a prototype of what would later become the excellent 76/62 OTO-Breda Super Rapido naval gun, the turret was designated as HEFAS 76. Later OTO-Melara took over the chassis of the Palmaria self-propelled howitzer, manufactured by themselves, and adapted the whole creating a vehicle called “Otomatic“, which was the acronym for “OTO Main Anti-aircraft Tank for Intercept and Combat”. Two prototypes were produced until 1989, which were offered on the international market until 1997, when it was decided to withdraw them due to lack of orders.

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Country of origin

Italy

Builder

Oto Melara

Type

Self-propelled anti aircraft gun vehicle (SPAAG)

Date

From 1981 to 1997

Crew

4

Combat weight

46,836 kg

Dimensions (length x width x height)

9.37 x 3.35 x 3.07 meters

Armour, (maximum)

Steel, Hull front: 70mm – Hull side: 25mm – Hull rear: 25mm – Hull floor: 10mm
Steel, Turret front: 25mm – Turret side: 25mm – Turret Rear: 25mm – Turret Roof: 15mm

Power plant

1 x MTU MB 837 Ka-500 diesel engine, 750 hp or 1 x Fiat V12 MTCA diesel engine, 1,000 hp

Speed

60 km/h

Range

600 km

Armament

1 x OTO-Melara 76/62mm Super Rapid gun

Ammunition

100 x 76mm rounds

Rate of fire, (maximum)

120 rounds per minute

Production

2 prototypes: on Leopard 1 and OF-40 tank chassis