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Oto Melara

OTO Melara
Headquarters La Spezia, Italy
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Website .it.otomelarawww
Otobreda 127/54

Oto Melara is an Italian defence company with factories in Brescia and La Spezia. Oto Melara's best-known weapons since World War II are the mountain pack howitzer Model 56, which is in service throughout the world, and the 76mm naval gun, which has been adopted by 53 navies and is installed on over 1,000 naval vessels.


  • History 1
    • Pre World War I 1.1
    • Post World War II 1.2
  • Main products 2


Pre World War I

It was founded in 1905 as a joint venture of Vickers and Terni Steelworks, Cantiere navale fratelli Orlando and Cantieri navali Odero. Investment was also provided by Guiseppe Orlando and Aliferi Odero. During World War I, Vickers Terni produced many weapons with calibre 40 mm and upwards. In 1929 the company was renamed Odero Terni Orlando with the abbreviation OTO. During World War II, mostly heavy guns for battleships were produced.

Post World War II

In 1953 the company took the name OTO Melara.

Before Italy joined NATO, Oto Melara produced civil products, like tractors and looms, but quickly returned to the production of weapons. On 1 December 2001, the naval artillery division of Oto Melara merged with that of Breda Meccanica Bresciana to form Otobreda. The combined entity produces the DARDO CIWS, Otobreda 76 mm and Otobreda 127/54 Compact naval guns. Oto Melara's land defence operations are part of the Finmeccanica conglomerate.

Main products

Vehicles manufactured include:

Weapons manufactured includes:

  • OTO Melara Mod 56 105/L14 Pack Howitzer
  • HITFACT three-man turret armed with a 120mm/45 calibre or 105mm/52 calibre gun
  • HITFIST two-man turret armed with a 25 or 30mm automatic cannon and 7.62mm coaxial machine gun (plus two TOW launchers as option)
  • Hitrole Remote Weapon Station for 7.62mm or
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