self-propelled anti-aircraft gun was never accepted to service
Dimensions and weight
Length (gun forward)
1 x 76-mm
Maximum slant range
Maximum firing range
Rate of fire
- 5 to + 60 degrees
MTU MB 837 Ka-500 diesel
Maximum road speed
self-propelled anti aircraft gun was developed as a private venture
by OTO Melara in the mid 80s. The first prototype was completed in 1987.
The Otomatic was never accepted to service, even though it
outperforms many self-propelled anti-aircraft systems.
is fitted with a 76-mm automatic gun, which is a variant of 76-mm
naval gun. It's rate of fire was increased from 85 to 120 rpm. The
Otomatic fires short 6 round bursts. It uses fragmentation rounds
against air targets and armor-piercing against ground targets. A
total of 70 rounds are carried.
It is worth
mentioning that modern SPAAGs are usually fitted with 20 - 40 mm
guns. Such a powerful gun was selected because of it's long range.
The Otomatic can engage helicopters at 6 km range, before they
release their anti-tank guided weapons. Range against aircraft is 4
km and over 2 km against light armored vehicles. This artillery
system could also be used in coastal defense role.
has all-weather operational capability. It is fitted with search and
tracking radars, optronic aiming and tracking system and digital
fire control system. Radar location range is 15 km against aircraft
and 8 km against helicopters. It can track 8 to 24 air targets
simultaneously. Vehicle has datalink interface for target
acquisition and designation.
Armor of the
Otomatic provides protection against small arms fire and artillery
shell splinters. Vehicle is fitted with NBC protection and automatic
fire suppression systems.
SPAAG uses chassis of the
OF-40 main battle tank, but with different
engine. Vehicle is powered by with the MTU MB 837 Ka-500 diesel
engine, developing 750 horsepower. Similar MBT chasis is also used
155-mm self-propelled howitzer. Some
sources claim that this SPAAG was also tested with 1 100 hp diesel
of the Otomatic continued and in 2010 a new version - the
Draco, based on the
Centauro wheeled tank destroyer, was revealed.
It is a lighter version, which can be fitted on wheeled chassis.