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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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[*] posted on 21-10-2019 at 06:02 PM


AUSA 2019: CMI Defence ARDEC Cockerill 3030 CRADA 30mm turret for Stryker armored upgrade

Posted On Sunday, 20 October 2019 09:21

CMI Defence America, a subsidiary of Belgian Company John Cockerill presents its new weapon station 30mm cannon ARDEC Cockerill 3030 CRADA (Cooperative Research and Development Agreement) mounted on Stryker 8x8 armored vehicle at AUSA 2019, the Association of United States Army Defense Exhibition and Conference that was held in Washington D.C., United States on October 2018. This solution is offered for the Stryker Medium Caliber Weapons System (MCWS) program of U.S.Army.


US Army Stryker armored vehicle fitted with new weapon station 30mm cannon ARDEC Cockerill 3030 CRAD at AUSA 2019, Association of United States Army defense exhibition in Washington D.C. (Picture source Army Recognition)

The goal of Stryker Medium Caliber Weapons System (MCWS) program is to armed Stryker wheeled armored vehicle with a 30mm weapon station that it would proceed to outfit at least three of its six brigades of Double V-Hull A1 Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicles with the more powerful guns.

In 2016, Belgian Company CMI Defence was selected by U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) for a Research and Development program focused on Medium Caliber Armament Systems. The new turret was developed in collaboration with the US Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) for the Next Generation Medium Caliber Armament System (MCAS) program of the US Army.

The ARDEC Cockerill 3030 CRADA is a two man-turret based on a modular concept offering the possibility to easily integrate a wide range of cannons from 30mm to 105mm. The turret was design by Belgian Company John Cockerill in collaboration to meet the specific requirements of US Army. The turret is armed with one XM813, the US Army’s linkless 30mm medium-caliber automatic cannon. In terms of sight and protection, the turret integrates FLIR vision system, grenade launchers, SAAB laser warning system and ARDEC fire control system.

The second armament of the turret also includes on 7.62mm coaxial machine gun, on a pintle-mounted 7.62mm machine gun which can be replaced by a remote weapon station. The side of the turret can be also fitted with ATGMs (Anti-Tank Guided Missiles) launchers.

The turret has a traverse of 360° with elevation from +60° to -10°. The turret can be protected with armor from Level 1 to 5 according to STANAG 4569, a NATO Standardization Agreement covering the standards for the "Protection Levels for Occupants of Logistic and Light Armored Vehicles.

The 30mm cannon ARDEC Cockerill 3030 CRADA can be delivered in manned and unmanned variant. Commander and gunner positions are fitted with fully stabilized dual-axis day/night sights offering Hunter/Killer (which allows the commander to independently search for targets, and then slew the turret to engage them) capabilities. In case of emergency, the turret is also equipped with manual back-up sight.


Close view of new weapon station 30mm cannon ARDEC Cockerill 3030 CRADA (Picture source Army Recognition)
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[*] posted on 21-10-2019 at 06:28 PM


KONGSBERG to develop Army and Marine Corps’ remote capabilities

By Armada International



The US Army has tasked KONGSBERG to finalize and deliver a secure, network based, Multi-User Multi-Station (MUMS) capability under the existing Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS) contract, with first fielding going to the US Marine Corps.

This effort will yield the ability to wirelessly control and fire a variety of crew-served and anti-Tank weapons, integrate KONGSBERG’s CORTEX ICS for enhanced situational awareness and conduct advanced target sharing as well as hand-off between weapons stations. MUMS with wireless capabilities will be safety certified by the US Army Test and Evaluation Command in the near future and subsequently be available to all US military platforms through the CROWS program.

Since 2007 KONGSBERG’s business unit, Protech Systems, has been the US Army’s sole provider of the PROTECTOR (CROWS).

KONGSBERG and the USG have been working jointly to modernize and further support future emerging lethality requirements for Remote Weapons Station (RWS) technology.

June of 2019 marked the first time KONGSBERG demonstrated a wireless (fire control) capability by remotely firing a Javelin anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) from a PROTECTOR CROWS M153 mounted on a UGV. The live-fire demonstration – which also included the remote firing of the weapon station’s M2 (.50) machine gun (MG) – was carried out at Redstone Test Center in Alabama. KONGSBERG successfully demonstrated secure transmissions of video and fire-control data including command signals over radio from the weapon station and the missile.

Based on the above-described tasking and legacy, the US Army has selected KONGSBERG to provide the Wireless PROTECTOR CROWS Javelin capability for the operational evaluation of the Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) Light program. In addition, the PROTECTOR Medium Caliber Turret (MCT), delivered on the Stryker Dragoon program, will be the weapon system candidate for the RCV Medium system.

KONGSBERG believes that a common, secure and authorized fire control system is a benefit and an enabler for such programs.

The key for KONGSBERG is to offer a secure capability for firing weapons from remote platforms. The demonstrated solution provides a fully wireless capability for both the ground vehicle and the weapon station. The wireless solution is based on our secure network based fire-control system, said Executive Vice President Pål Bratlie.
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[*] posted on 22-10-2019 at 08:03 PM


SAIC selects Kongsberg to supply the advanced turret on U.S. ARV

Posted On Tuesday, 22 October 2019 09:03

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has selected Kongsberg to design and manufacture an advanced, remote medium caliber turret. The solution includes Cortex ICS vetronics and combat services solutions for SAIC’S Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV), formerly designated Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle), “at the edge” offering to the Office of Naval Research And the U.S. Marine Corps.


Kongsberg Protector MCT-30R turret, an example of the manufacturer's know-how (Picture source: Kongsberg)

"We are excited to work alongside SAIC and feel this opportunity will allow both companies to showcase cutting edge technologies that will shape the future of ground combat vehicles," said Pål E. Bratlie, executive vice president, Kongsberg. "We have been building upon our Stryker medium caliber turret experience for the past three years to develop a lighter, more lethal solution set. This advanced turret meets not only the Marine Corps' needs, but also delivers scalability across multiple platforms for tremendous growth capacity."

Kongsberg has delivered more than 16,000 remote weapon station (RWS) and turret systems to the U.S. Department of Defense. The nearly 20 years of service includes active current serial deliveries to all U.S. uniformed services and several defense, security, and intelligence agencies. "Remote weapon technology is not a part-time effort for Kongsberg, but rather one of our main focus areas with an enterprise dedicated to the advancement of technologies and services to our customers," said Scott Burk, director of U.S. business development, Kongsberg. "The advanced turret will provide revolutionary lethality and survivability capabilities thanks to our focused engineering team, a dedicated U.S. production facility and our deep and validated supply chain."

This new contract confirms the continued trust and confidence earned by Kongsberg as both the global leader in RWS technology development, and the sole provider of RWS systems for the U.S. Department of Defense.
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[*] posted on 24-10-2019 at 09:24 AM


Russia develops new combat module for 57mm guns

Posted On Wednesday, 23 October 2019 09:11

High-Precision Weapons Company (part of the state hi-tech corporation Rostec) has developed a new combat module for 57mm guns that has never been demonstrated before, Rostec Industrial Director of the Conventional Armament, Munitions and Special Chemistry Cluster Sergei Abramov told TASS on Tuesday.


T-15 Armata equipped with a remotely controlled Kinzhal turret, armed with a 57mm automatic gun (Picture source: Army Recognition)

"They [the Defense Ministry of Russia] are choosing: we have two combat modules made by UVZ [Uralvagonzavod defense industrial corporation, part of Rostec] and High-Precision Weapons Company," Abramov said, replying to a question about Rostec’s new products to rearm the armor for the 57mm caliber. The new module has never been demonstrated before and will only now be showcased, he said.

The module, which has no name of its own yet, features an automatic gun, the Rostec press office said without giving any other details. Previous reports mentioned only one combat module for the 57mm caliber: the AU-220M ‘Baikail’ developed by the Burevestnik Central Research Institute, part of Uralvagonzavod.

The Army-2018 international arms show in Kubinka outside Moscow demonstrated several combat vehicles with a new module. In particular, the Russian defense firms showcased the Derivatsiya-PVO anti-aircraft artillery system mounted on the chassis of the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle and the latest heavy BMP T-15 IFV on the Armata platform outfitted with the Kinzhal module (the Baikal version reinforced with anti-tank missiles).


Derivatsiya-PVO armed with a remotely controlled 57mm automatic gun (Picture source: Army Recognition)

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[*] posted on 3-12-2019 at 08:39 PM


ExpoDefensa 2019: John Cockerill offers its CPWS light turret to upgrade Commando vehicles of Colombian army

Posted On Tuesday, 03 December 2019 00:07

Belgian Company John Cockerill offers its CPWS (Cockerill® Protected Weapon Station) Generation 2 turret to modernize Textron Commando 4x4 armored vehicles of the Colombian army. Back in 2009, Colombia bought its first 39 American Commando vehicles, which is officially known as the ICV (Infantry Carrier Variant) of the M1117.


Belgian Company John Cockerill showcases its CPWS Cockerill® Protected Weapon Station Generation 2 at ExpoDefensa 2019, Defense and Security Exhibition in Bogota, Colombia. December 2, 2019. (Picture source Army Recognition)

The Colombian Army signed a $31.6 m agreement with US-based Textron Marine & Land Systems for 28 Commando advanced APC high mobility 4x4s in July 2013. In 2014, the Colombian Army began receiving the 28 Commando wheeled armored vehicles ordered from the United States (for $1.13 million each) in 2013.

The Commando is a 4x4 armored vehicle and a larger version of the older American M1117 ASVs (Armoured Security Vehicles).

All of the APCs are equipped with the TM&LS 40 mm/.50 standard protected manned turret, armed with a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun and 40 mm Mk19 automatic grenade launcher.

To increase the firepower, the Colombian army has launched a program to modernize its fleet of Commando fitted with a turret that can be armed with 25 mm automatic cannon. At ExpoDefensa 2019, Johh Cockerill showcases its CPWS Cockerill® Protected Weapon Station as a solution to upgrade the fleet of Commando vehicles of the Colombian army.

The John Cockerill® CPWS is a remotely operated weapon station that can be armed with a wide range of medium caliber 25 and 30 mm guns. (NG 25mm M242 or 30mm M230LF, Nexter 25mm M811….) It provides light and high mobility vehicles and troop transport vehicles with high fire-power, increasing their capacity for firing support, self-protection and support.

The Cockerill® CPWS turret is equipped with a bi-modal stabilized high performance (thermal) day/night sight for 24-hour use. The aiming system provides the operator with a panoramic 360° vision, independently of the position of the turret. Once locked onto the target, the gun automatically aligns with the aiming system. A ballistics computer guarantees the highest probability of hitting the target when firing on the move.
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[*] posted on 4-12-2019 at 01:09 PM


Kongsberg, Armasuisse to deliver Protector RWS to Swiss army

Posted On Tuesday, 03 December 2019 13:22

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS has signed a contract with Armasuisse for delivery of the Kongsberg Protector Remote Weapon Station (RWS) to the Swiss Army.


Kongsberg Protector RWS mounted on a UGV (Picture source: Army Recognition)

The Protector RWS is the world's most fielded RWS with close to 20,000 units delivered to 20 nations around the globe.

Switzerland has been a Protector RWS user for more than 10 years, and since first selecting it in 2007, Switzerland has procured additional RWS systems on several occasions.

Switzerland has installed the RWS on a variety of platforms, including armored vehicles and patrol boats.

"Kongsberg is very proud to continue being a trusted partner with the Defence Forces in Switzerland. This new order along with the establishment of a Kongsberg Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul facility in Thun, Switzerland earlier this year further strengthens the strong relationship with Armasuisse", says Pål E. Bratlie, Executive Vice President Protech Systems, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS.
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Expodefensa 2019: Aselsan Showcases NEFER-L RCWS

Aselsan showed its new medium-calibre remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS) NEFER-L on its stand at EXPODEFENSA in Bogota this week.

Offered in 25 and 30mm calibres, for the M242 and Mk44 cannon respectively, NEFER-L is designed to equip 6x6 or 8x8 wheeled vehicles and tracked vehicles, as well as fixed installations. Various options of 7.62mm coaxial machine gun are available.

Ammunition can be re-loaded from inside the vehicle, thus keeping the operator safe. An electro-optical system operates the weapon and the station has automatic tracking and a ballistic calculator as well as two-axis stabilization. The turret weighs less than 1,550kg (without armour or ammunition) and elevation range from -10 to +60°.


Aselsan’s new NEFER-L RCWS in Bogota. (Photo: Mönch archive)

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Kongsberg to supply Danish Army with Protector Remote Weapon Station

Posted On Tuesday, 10 December 2019 15:09

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS has signed a contract with the Danish Ministry of Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) for delivery of the KONGSBERG PROTECTOR Remote Weapon Station (RWS) to the Danish Army worth 270 MNOK. The system will be integrated on Denmark's new fleet of Piranha V 8x8 vehicles. The contract was won in an international competitive bidding process.


(Picture source: Kongsberg )

The PROTECTOR RWS is the world's most fielded RWS with close to 20,000 units delivered to customers around the globe. Denmark is the 23rd country to select a KONGSBERG PROTECTOR RWS.

"KONGSBERG is very proud to have won the RWS competition in Denmark. We look forward to a close cooperation with the Danish Army as part of the PROTECTOR user nation family for many years to come. This contract underlines our leading technology within RWS and consolidates our strong position in Europe", says Pål E. Bratlie, Executive Vice President Protech Systems, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS.

GDELS signed a contract with DALO at the end of 2015 to deliver 309 Piranha 8x8 Armored Personnel Carriers in six variants: infantry, command, ambulance, engineer, mortar, and repair. In March 2019, GDELS has delivered first Piranha V to the Royal Danish Army.
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Elbit Systems awarded contract to equip Montenegro JLTVs with Remote Control Weapon Stations

Posted On Monday, 16 December 2019 09:43

Elbit Systems announced on 16 December that, following a contract signed between the Israeli Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Defense of Montenegro, the Company was awarded a contract of approximately $35 million, to supply the Montenegrin Armed Forces with Remote Controlled Weapon Stations ("RCWS") for the new Oshkosh Defense Joint Light Tactical Vehicles ("JLTV"). In this contract, Elbit Systems will perform full integration of the RCWS onboard the JLTV over a three-year period and will provide logistic support for a seven-year period.


Elbit Systems' RWCS mounted on an Oshkosh JLTV (Picture source: Elbit Systems)

Elbit Systems' 12.7mm RCWS is a lightweight, low silhouette, dual-axis and stabilized system, and is mounted externally onboard armored vehicles. The RCWS offers accurate firing on-the-move and is operated via handles and Smart Displays by the gunner from within the vehicle, providing protection for the vehicle's crew who are safely located inside.

Yehuda (Udi) Vered, General Manager of Elbit Systems Land division, commented: "We are very proud to introduce our RCWS to Montenegro's Armed Forces. This award further expands our NATO customer base and strengthens our growing cooperation with Oshkosh. We are witnessing a growing demand worldwide for our RCWS, of which many hundreds are already operational onboard a range of land and naval platforms, and we trust that further customers will follow in acquiring our advanced and mature weapon stations."
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[*] posted on 30-12-2019 at 08:02 PM


Top most modern Land RWS RCWS Remote Controlled Weapon Station combat vehicles

Posted On Friday, 27 December 2019 12:20

Analysis and technical review about the top most modern Land RWS Remote Weapon Station or Remotely Controlled Weapon Station RCWS for ground wheeled and tracked combat vehicle as well as tactical vehicle light vehicles and trucks available on the current military and security market by Army Recognition editorial team...………….EDITED...……..see link for the rest, too extensive to post...………… https://www.armyrecognition.com/weapons_defence_industry_mil...

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Antitank missile gunners get enhanced protection with new armored turret

Posted On Wednesday, 22 January 2020 14:14

Working with the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army engineers at Picatinny Arsenal have developed a new armored turret to provide greater survivability to TOW missile gunners without heaping extra weight on vehicles, Ed Lopez reports on US Army’s website.


Pfc. Derek T. Hall, a TOW gunner assigned to Combined Anti-Armor Team 1, Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, fires a TOW missile during Integrated Training Exercise 2-17 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif. (Photo Credit: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson)

The venerable TOW missile takes its name from Tubed-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided. A spool of wire, thousands of meters long, unwinds while the missile is in flight. Guidance data passes through the wire in real-time, allowing the gunner to accurately steer the missile to its final destination. The firing sequence takes time, and the gunner's confidence level must remain high.

The new TOW Objective Gunner Protection Kit (TOGPK 2.0) turret provides just the right balance of armor, situational awareness and weapon maneuverability to fight effectively, according to engineers at Picatinny.

Firing the TOW Missile is not a trivial operation. First, the gunner must confirm the target with absolute certainty. The weapon sights are then precisely aimed down range. The trigger is pulled and suddenly an intense shock wave fills the air. The missile is in flight. Now the gunner maintains full composure to patiently and steadily guide the missile directly to the target.

The Marines who operate this weapon can attest to its power.

They are well-trained experts who deliver extreme amounts of energy on target. "The TOGPK 2.0 is the latest turret that we developed jointly with the U.S. Marine Corps," explained Thomas Kiel, who leads the engineering design of armored turret systems at Picatinny Arsenal. "The Marine Corps is an exceptional fighting force with very high expectations. Our close partnership with experienced warfighters during the design phase was especially helpful in meeting their needs." Picatinny worked closely with the Marine Corps System Command, which has the ultimate decision authority over the requirements and final solution.

The Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center, with headquarters at Picatinny, is responsible for designing protective turrets for tactical vehicles. These armored kits greatly enhance survivability, while allowing gunners to focus on their mission objectives.

The TOGPK 2.0 design utilizes new armor materials that were derived from the Army Research Lab. Lightweight and highly effective materials are pursued that provide the stopping power required without overburdening the vehicles with extra weight.

The new turret system will be fielded with the new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), which is the Humvee replacement. The Armaments Center has developed a number of protective turrets for military vehicles including Humvee, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) and Stryker. Tens of thousands have been fielded to protect gunners against persistent threats.

In particular, the Objective Gunner Protection Kit (OGPK) turret, also developed by the same Picatinny team, currently is in use by every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces as well as over 20 international coalition partners. The OGPK integrates well with the .50 caliber weapon along with the 40mm grenade launcher and other weapons. The Army has adopted the OGPK as the standard turret for the new JLTV Heavy Guns Carrier (HGC). "The absolute first priority with all of our turret systems is protection for the warfighter," said Kiel. "At the same time, we strive to provide the best solutions that enable our gunners to fight decisively."

The Close Combat Weapons Carrier (CCWC) variant of the JLTV integrates the TOGPK 2.0 turret and TOW missile system. "We develop our turret solutions in-house at the Armaments Center," said Narayan Bhagavatula, Product Director for Gunner Protection Systems. "This allows us to maintain full ownership of the designs and ultimately makes the system more affordable in production," he continued. Cost savings come from the ability to attain competitive bids for the fabrication of the turrets within the U.S. industrial base, both organic and private.

Project Manager Soldier Lethality manages the acquisition of the turrets, while the design activity is maintained within the Armaments Center. "The talent pool that exists at Picatinny is unmatched anywhere," said Kiel. "For example, our highly skilled machinists at our Prototype Integration Facility provide tremendous support in making sure that our designs can be manufactured easily." The PIF at Picatinny Arsenal includes state-of-the-art machinery for processing armor materials and generating sophisticated prototypes for test and evaluation.

Picatinny Arsenal, located in northern New Jersey, provides a wide variety of guns, ammunition, products and related services to all branches of the U.S. military.


The new TOW Objective Gunner Protection Kit (TOGPK 2.0) turret, here mounted on a JLTV, provides just the right balance of armor, situational awareness and weapon maneuverability to fight effectively, according to engineers at Picatinny Arsenal. The armored turret provides greater survivability to TOW missile gunners without heaping extra weight on vehicles. (Picture source: U.S. Army)
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[*] posted on 23-1-2020 at 01:12 PM


It's kinda staggering that in this day and age there is even a need for a manned turret.



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[*] posted on 29-1-2020 at 08:57 PM


John Cockerill Defense’s PWS Gen 2 completes trials

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

28 January 2020


A French Arquus VAB Mk 3 fitted with the PWS Gen 2 engages a target while moving. Source: John Cockerill Defense

Belgium's John Cockerill Defense (previously CMI Defence) has confirmed that its private venture Protected Weapon Station Generation 2 (PWS Gen 2) finished trials in late 2019 and is now at Technology Readiness Level 7 (TRL 7), meaning it is an operationally demonstrated prototype.

According to Simon Haye, chief marketing officer at John Cockerill Defense, "The PWS Gen 2 has now undergone successful firing trials integrated onto a French Arquus Vehicule de l'Avant Blinde [VAB] 6×6 Mk 3 armoured personnel carrier [APC] [and] targets were successfully engaged while the platform was moving, followed by engagement of moving targets while the platform was moving."

During these trials, the PWS Gen 2 was armed with a Northrop Grumman Armament Systems (previously ATK) 25 mm M242 dual feed cannon with a 7.62 mm machine gun (MG) mounted co-axially to the left.

A John Cockerill Defense computerised fire control system (FCS), which includes a mast-mounted meteorological sensor, was coupled to a French SAFRAN stabilised roof-mounted panoramic sighting system with day/thermal channels and an eye-safe laser rangefinder.

The latest PWS Gen 2 was shown as a full-scale mock-up at the 2018 Eurosatory exhibition in Paris, and in late 2019 another full-scale mock-up was shown fitted to the latest Indonesian PT Pindad Komodo 4×4 APC. The system was demonstrated at the 2019 Bushmaster User Conference in the United States, installed on an Oshkosh Defense M-ATV 4×4 platform.

Haye said a key feature of the PWS Gen 2 was its flexibility to meet diverse users' requirements as, for example, "the mantlet has been designed to be fitted with various types of weapons ranging from a stabilised 12.7 mm machine gun up to a 20 mm, 25 mm, or 30 mm cannon".

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Quote: Originally posted by ARH  
It's kinda staggering that in this day and age there is even a need for a manned turret.


Yeah it’s odd TOW has not been updated to become a fire and forget system. It remains as it was, with an operator needing to keep the sighting system manually locked onto a target...

The sighting system is mounted onto the launch tube, so it can be dismounted, I assume, so someone has to physically get up there and aim the thing...





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John Cockerill Defense Protected Weapon Station Generation 2 now at Technology Readiness Level 7

Posted On Friday, 31 January 2020 09:54

John Cockerill Defense (previously CMI Defence) has confirmed that its private venture Protected Weapon Station Generation 2 (PWS Gen 2) finished trials in late 2019 and is now at Technology Readiness Level 7 (TRL 7), meaning it is an operationally demonstrated prototype, Christopher Foss reports.


PWS Gen 2 mounted on Arquus VAB Mk 3 (Picture source: John Cockerill Defense)

According to Simon Haye, chief marketing officer at John Cockerill Defense, “The PWS Gen 2 has now undergone successful firing trials integrated onto a French Arquus Véhicule de l’Avant Blindé [VAB] 6×6 Mk 3 armored personnel carrier and targets were successfully engaged while the platform was moving, followed by engagement of moving targets while the platform was moving.” During these trials, the PWS Gen 2 was armed with a Northrop Grumman Armament Systems (previously ATK) 25 mm M242 dual-feed cannon with a 7.62 mm machine gun (MG) mounted coaxially to the left. A John Cockerill Defense computerised fire control system (FCS), which includes a mast-mounted meteorological sensor, was coupled to a French SAFRAN stabilised roof-mounted panoramic sighting system with day/thermal channels and an eye-safe laser rangefinder.

To engage targets beyond the range of the PWS Gen 2’s main armament, a pod of anti-tank missiles or unguided rockets could be integrated onto the right side of the turret.


PWS Gen 2 mounted on Arquus Sherpa Light (Picture source: John Cockerill Defense)


Operation modes of the PWS Gen 2 (Picture source: John Cockerill Defense)


3D view of the PWS Gen 2 mounted on a schematized Oshkosh JLTV (Picture source: John Cockerill Defense)
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Quote: Originally posted by ADMK2  
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It's kinda staggering that in this day and age there is even a need for a manned turret.


Yeah it’s odd TOW has not been updated to become a fire and forget system. It remains as it was, with an operator needing to keep the sighting system manually locked onto a target...

The sighting system is mounted onto the launch tube, so it can be dismounted, I assume, so someone has to physically get up there and aim the thing...



I don't know why they haven't moved onto RWS Javelin launchers? I mean someone still has to reload it, but it beats that turret design and the capability of the TOW missile.

Or, if the US Army gets Spike NLOS for the Apache, develop an NLOS launcher system for a cab version of the HMMWV or the JLTV. A launcher rack with up to eight NLOS would be pretty devastating. Australian Army should do the same thing, a short-medium range Fires capability (25km) could be very handy.
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Quote: Originally posted by ADMK2  
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It's kinda staggering that in this day and age there is even a need for a manned turret.


Yeah it’s odd TOW has not been updated to become a fire and forget system. It remains as it was, with an operator needing to keep the sighting system manually locked onto a target...

The sighting system is mounted onto the launch tube, so it can be dismounted, I assume, so someone has to physically get up there and aim the thing...



I don't know why they haven't moved onto RWS Javelin launchers? I mean someone still has to reload it, but it beats that turret design and the capability of the TOW missile.

Or, if the US Army gets Spike NLOS for the Apache, develop an NLOS launcher system for a cab version of the HMMWV or the JLTV. A launcher rack with up to eight NLOS would be pretty devastating. Australian Army should do the same thing, a short-medium range Fires capability (25km) could be very handy.


TOW is better ranged than Javelin and I guess the operator keeping eyes on the target and guiding the munition manually means it is un-jammable, but of course completely useless if exposed to any incoming fires...




In a low speed post-merge manoeuvring fight, with a high off-boresight 4th generation missile and Helmet Mounted Display, the Super Hornet will be a very difficult opponent for any current Russian fighter, even the Su-27/30
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I thought TOW and latest gen Javelin were fairly evenly matched in range? Maybe I was thinking of another missile...

True with the wire-guided being able to avoid jamming issues, I did think of that with my previous response, but surely they've come up with some kind of onboard counter IR jamming system for ATGM missiles? Given the growing prevalence of IR jamming and Laser warning systems on armoured vehicles, they would at least have to be working on something to counter that.
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