Spain begins modernization of four 76/62 Oto Melara naval guns
MADRID ($1=1.00 Euro) — The Spanish authorities in Madrid have decided to provide 8.7 million euros from the defense budget for the modernization of four Oto Melara naval guns. The process includes disassembly, updating and modernization, and integration into ships of the Spanish Navy.
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Patrol boats Infanta Elena and Infanta Cristina begin their gradual decommissioning. Infanta Elena was already decommissioned this month, while Infanta Cristina will be decommissioned in 2023. The 76/62 Oto Melara guns from these boats will be part of the armament of four new Spanish offshore boats – Meteoro, Rayo, Relámpago, and Tornado. All four are Meteoro classes.
Thus, over the next five years, or 40,000 man-hours, naval guns will enter Navantia’s workshops to be prepared for integration. The guns will be disassembled and obsolete parts will be replaced with new ones. New units will be adapted to meet the requirements of Meteoro-class offshore patrol vessels also known as Buque de Acción Marítima [BAM].
The Spanish Navy wants to restore the basic performance of the guns. The introduction of new component systems will help achieve this. The Navantians will fine-tune the guns, then run several tests with them.
Meteoro and Rayo first and will receive the new 76/62 Oto Melara naval guns from the Infanta Elena patrol boats. Relámpago and Tornado will be next.
Navantia, one of the most famous and quality shipyards in the world, has been specializing in this type of repair and renovation for years. The state-owned shipyard does this not only for the fleet of the Spanish Navy but also for the fleets of foreign customers.
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