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[*] posted on 25-6-2019 at 10:00 PM


Denel Vehicle Systems discussing RCG30 vehicle-mounted turret with UAE

Posted On Tuesday, 25 June 2019 07:46

Denel Vehicle Systems (DVS) is currently discussing with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to conclude a partnership on the RCG30 vehicle-mounted turret project.


RCG30 mounted-turret equipped with a 30mm cannon (Picture Source: Denel Vehicle Systems)

Abri du Plessis, who heads Programmes and Engineering at DVS, recently said that the RCG30 has been equipped to the RG41, an 8x8 armoured vehicle, and sent to the UAE for the country to evaluate.

DVS is presently working with International Golden Group, an Emirati firm, which has reportedly provided funding to assist in the turret development project.

The RCG30 is a 30mm remote combat weapon station that has completed the design phase and is ready to undergo further qualification testing. The turret is similar to the weapons module onboard the Badger, an armoured vehicle South Africa is acquiring, though with a fire control system built by Denel. It has a range of 3,000 meters.

Particularly as the South African defence industry has encountered financial difficulty amid stagnating defence spending domestically, South African firms have looked abroad for partnerships with foreign firms and investment from foreign countries that will help keep them afloat.

The UAE has emerged as a key customer for many South African products, particularly armoured vehicles, and the South African industry has been looking to deepen cooperation with the Gulf country.
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[*] posted on 3-7-2019 at 09:12 AM


Serbia develops 20 mm remote-controlled weapon

Christopher F Foss, Belgrade - Jane's International Defence Review

02 July 2019

Serbia has built a first example of a remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS), designated the 20/1 mm Kiklop, that Yugoimport SDPR is offering for export.

The RCWS is armed with a single Hispano 20 mm (Model M55) single-feed cannon.

For most applications a drum magazine holding 60 rounds of 20x110 mm ammunition is normally mounted above the weapon, but for this application it is mounted below. The sensor pod is mounted externally on the left side and includes a day camera, thermal imager, and laser rangefinder (it moves in elevation with the 20 mm cannon).

This ammunition has a muzzle velocity of 850 m/s and Serbia is quoting a maximum effective range of around 2,000 m.

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[*] posted on 5-7-2019 at 11:10 AM


Army 2019: remotely controlled combat module for T-15 Armata to undergo preliminary trials

Posted On Thursday, 04 July 2019 09:20

The remotely controlled combat module designed by Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) for the T-15 infantry fighting vehicle on Armata platform will undergo preliminary trials this year, the annual statement of the enterprise said. "The production of remotely-controlled combat module DUBM-57 (also Kinzhal) is nearing completion. Its automatic 57mm guns were test fired," it said.


T-15 Armata with remotely-controlled combat module DUBM-57, also designated as Kinzhal (Picture source: Army Recognition)

The module was demonstrated at Army-2018 forum on a T-15 Armata and triggered a major interest. "The module is prepared for preliminary trials scheduled in 2019," the statement said.

The rate of fire of the gun exceeds 80 shots per minute. It can fire various munitions to destroy troops, armor and flying craft.

Some shells fired by the 57mm gun can pierce a 120mm-thick armor at a distance of 1.5 km. The module is also armed with two antitank guided missiles.

The T-15 Armata with new armaments was jointly designed by UVZ enterprises, the Burevestnik institute and the Ural Design Bureau of Transport Machinery which merged the 57mm automatic module with the Armata platform.

The 55-ton T-15 is crewed by three men and can carry nine infantrymen. Its 1,500 hp diesel engine enables the vehicle to reach a top speed of 55 km/h and its fuel tank allows a 500km range.
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[*] posted on 17-8-2019 at 01:24 PM


TADTE 2019: Taiwan’s MPC readies new low-profile RCWS for Cloud Leopard

Kelvin Wong, Taipei - Jane's International Defence Review

16 August 2019



The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense’s (MND’s) Materiel Production Center (MPC) has unveiled a new remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS) that has been specifically designed to reduce the target profile of the Republic of China Army (RoCA)’s 8×8 CM-32 Cloud Leopard armoured personnel carriers (APCs).

The new non-hull penetrating RCWS, which is shown armed with a 40 mm Mk19 MOD3 automatic grenade launcher (AGL) and a co-axial T74 7.62 mm general purpose machine gun, is being displayed at the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE) being held in Taipei from 15 to 17 August.

The RCWS is the latest addition to a family of indigenously developed remote weapon stations rolled out by the MPC’s 202nd Arsenal from 2010 and leverages on the experience gained by its designers following years of internal experimentation and user feedback from the RoCA.

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[*] posted on 11-9-2019 at 10:46 PM


Reduced recoil from Venom [DSEI19D2]

CHRISTOPHER F FOSS

11 September 2019



AEI Systems (Stand S4-160) is showing its latest Venom Low Recoil (LR) 30mm cannon, which is targeted at installation in turrets and remote weapon stations (RWSs) and here at DSEI, is integrated into the Slovenian Midgard 300 Lite RWS. As Venom LR has been designed and manufactured in the UK, it is ITAR free.

Venom LR is a gas-operated, electrically primed, self-loading revolver cannon and features a 1.4m long barrel with improved parabolic profile, barrel bearing support, three-stage muzzle brake for reduced recoil and barrel aligned recoil buffers that interface directly with the RWS gimbal elevation driveshaft and yoke arms through an integrated buffer cradle. The complete 30mm weapon recoils within the buffer cradle and stabilises between shots when fired in the automatic mode, which provides improved accuracy.

The 30mm cannon for turret installations has a recoil load of 22kN, which has been reduced to a maximum of 7kN for the latest Venom LR, which means it can be installed in RWSs that are normally armed with a .50 M2 HB machine gun, so increasing the firepower of the RWS.

According to AEI Systems, it has an effective range of 2,000m and the operator can select single shot or 230rds/min.

Types of 30x113mm ammunition that can be fired include high-explosive incendiary (HEI), high-explosive incendiary − tracer (HEI-T), armour-piercing (AP), armour piercing − tracer (AP-T), high-explosive dual purpose (HE-DP), target practice (TP) and target practice − tracer (TP-T), with a muzzle velocity of between 780 and 800m/s. Ammunition feed can be from the left or right, depending on the application, and the cocking system is mechanical and electrical.

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[*] posted on 11-9-2019 at 11:00 PM


Terrahawk takes aim [DSEI19D2]

RICHARD SCOTT

11 September 2019



UK-based MSI-Defence Systems (Stand S3-160) has made its first foray into the land-based weapon systems market with the launch of its MSI-DS Terrahawk remote weapon station (RWS).

The company has also disclosed the receipt of first production orders for the Terrahawk, which is being displayed at DSEI on a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle test platform with a M2HB 12.7mm heavy machine gun and an anti-tank missile.

Capitalising on MSI-Defence Systems' long pedigree in the design, manufacture and support of its Seahawk family of small/medium-calibre naval gun mountings and naval gunfire control systems, the Terrahawk RWS is the land-based counterpart of the Seahawk Multi Weapon Station (MWS) recently demonstrated on BAE Systems' P950 autonomous surface vessel testbed. Both the Terrahawk RWS and Seahawk MWS platforms were designed specifically as fully modular weapon stations, and adopt a unique mechanical structure that allows for additional customisation with minimal adaptation to accommodate other payloads (such as missiles).

According to MSI-Defence Systems, the Terrahawk RWS provides optimisation for vehicle integration, compact flexible fire-control and multi-weapon modularity, and is suitable for integration into legacy and new-build vehicles. The system is also designed for ease of integration into unmanned platforms for remote operation.

In-year qualification programmes include 40mm automatic grenade launcher, and the DShK 12.7mm and KPV 14.5mm heavy machine guns.

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[*] posted on 21-9-2019 at 06:17 PM


Marines Eyeing Futuristic Remote Turret for AAVs


The Army tested the R400S Mk2 Dual Remote Weapon System in Oklahoma last month. The weapon system, made by EOS Defense System USA, Inc., can be operated from inside a vehicle and spots land or air threats from miles away. (U.S. Army)

20 Sep 2019

Military.com | By Gina Harkins

QUANTICO, Virginia -- The Army is testing a high-tech dual remote weapons station that can be operated from inside a vehicle -- a capability Marine officials are eyeing for their aging fleet of Assault Amphibious Vehicles.

Last month, soldiers at Fort Sill in Oklahoma tested the R400S Mk2 dual remote weapon system. The R400S Mk 2, which is produced by EOS Defense Systems USA, Inc., can operate a variety of weapons including a machine gun, automatic grenade launcher, 30mm cannon or Javelin missile. It weighs less than 1,000 pounds and can "provide significant and flexible lethality from a land or sea platform," according to company officials.

The system, which can be used from the back of a vehicle or another remote location, uses high-tech sensors that allow soldiers and Marines identity targets more than 7 miles away.

"You can identify your target at a distance further than the effective range of the weapons systems," Steve Below, vice president of operations with EOS Defense Systems USA, told Military.com at the Modern Day Marine expo here.

An Army release on systems experiments said the Mk2 can be mounted on light and medium vehicles. Aside from being able to take out land targets, the system was tested on aerial drones at Fort Sill, Below said.

"It hit seven out of 10 at less than 350 meters, but it was a kinetic kill," he said.

The Army and other branches have fielded similar systems in the past, such as the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station, or CROWS. They're designed to keep the operator out of a turret by allowing them to use a computer screen from inside a vehicle or somewhere off site.

"It keeps the operator under protection," he said. "... There's been a lot of interest here, mostly the younger [Marines] who say, 'Wow. That's cool. I wish we had one.'"

Last year, Marine officials canceled major upgrade plans for its four-decade-old tracked Assault Amphibious Vehicles. But one thing program officials were still looking to add was a remotely operated gun turret.

The R400S Mk2, which is optimized for tracked vehicles, according to EOS Defense Systems USA, "includes a direct drive sensor unit which minimizes high frequency road and vehicle vibration from degrading the operator video image."

-- Gina Harkins can be reached at gina.harkins@military.com. Follow her on Twitter @ginaaharkins.
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