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[*] posted on 6-2-2020 at 06:04 PM


Defexpo 2020: Uralvagonzavod unveils upgraded AU-220M remote weapon station

Dmitry Fediushko, Lucknow - Jane's Defence Weekly

05 February 2020

Russian company Uralvagonzavod (UVZ), a subsidiary of state corporation Rostec, has unveiled a combat-ready variant of its Burevestnik AU-220M remotely controlled weapon station (RWS) at the Defexpo 2020 defence exhibition in Lucknow, northern India, taking place on 5–9 February.


UVZ displayed an upgraded variant of its AU-220M RWS at the Defexpo exhibition in Lucknow. (Dmitry Fediushko)

Georgy Zakamennykh, director general of UVZ’s TsNII Burevestnik research institute, told Jane’s that the upgraded RWS features increased firepower against heavier targets.

“The RWS's 57 mm main gun engages almost all types of targets on the battlefield, except for heavy ones. To hit main battle tanks and heavy field installations, the station can now optionally carry a protected bank of two ready-to-use Ataka or Khrizantema anti-tank guided missiles,” said Zakamennykh.

The 57 mm gun, which has a range of up to 14.5 km and a firing rate of 80 rounds per minute, is coupled to an ammunition load comprising up to 80 ready-to-use air-burst, high-explosive, armour-piercing, and guided projectiles.

“The RWS station can fire both on-the-move, when swimming, as well as during the day and at night,” noted Zakamennyh.

According to UVZ, the combat-ready AU-220M is intended for both existing and advanced armoured platforms, including the Armata heavy infantry fighting vehicle (HIFV). “The [AU-220M] combat module has already been integrated onto the Armata HIFV,” said Zakamennykh.

Burevestnik also showcased at Defexpo 2020 the first-ever mockup of the marinised AU-220M for small surface combatants.

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[*] posted on 18-2-2020 at 09:36 AM


Singapore Airshow 2020: ST Engineering pushes updated Adder Micro RWS for UGV integration

Kelvin Wong, Singapore - Jane's International Defence Review

17 February 2020


The Adder Micro remote weapon station seen armed with two Ultimax 5.56 mm light machine guns and integrated to a locally developed tracked unmanned ground vehicle chassis. Source: Jane’s/Kelvin Wong

Singapore-based defence prime ST Engineering unveiled its updated Adder Micro remote weapon station (RWS), which has been optimised for unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) applications, at the Singapore Airshow 2020 exhibition held from 11-16 February.

According to company specifications, the Adder Micro RWS weighs less than 50 kg and is equipped with a servo-driven twin weapon cradle that can accommodate a variety of small arms, although the version showcased at the event is armed with two 5.56 mm Ultimax 100 light machine guns (LMGs). Each weapon is fed by a 100 rd drum magazine.

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[*] posted on 11-3-2020 at 12:26 PM


Nexter awarded contract to equip German special forces with P20 pintel mount

Posted On Tuesday, 10 March 2020 14:34

The P20 is a pintle mount equipped with a 20mm gun that allows to arm light vehicles of the 4x4 type. It is ideally suited for ground-to-ground and ground-to-air close fire support, urban combat, protection, self-defense or intimidation missions.


P20 pintle mount and 20M621 gas-operated cannon on TECHNAMM (Masstech FS 6x6) (Picture source: Nexter)

This assembly uses the 20M621 gas-operated cannon designed by the Nexter teams in Bourges. The weapon is renowned for its ease of use and maintenance, firing the 20x102 ammunition to NATO or M50 standards.

The P20 is a manual solution that benefits from the firepower and extension of the 20mm caliber, with explosive or armor-piercing ammunition available. This is why the BAAINBw chose the P20 in a first experiment in Germany

Two further consultations are expected in the near future: a call for tenders for 20x102 ammunition and a second contract by 2021-2022 for additional P20 guns for the German Special Forces. This contract is a major first for Nexter, since it is the first equipment contract for the Bundeswehr (German army) signed by the group. In this campaign, Nexter has benefited from the invaluable assistance of Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann (KMW), its partner in KNDS, which was able to accompany the Nexter teams in charge of the offer throughout the public consultation and negotiations.


Firing demo of P20 pintle mount and 20M621 gas-operated cannon on TECHNAMM (Masstech FS 6x6) (Picture source: Nexter)
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[*] posted on 11-3-2020 at 12:30 PM


IF you're curious about the vehicle, this is what a TECHNAMM (Masstech FS 6x6) is...………..

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[*] posted on 1-4-2020 at 02:54 PM


India has developed new Remotely Weapon Station armed with NSVT 12.7mm machine gun

Posted On Tuesday, 31 March 2020 17:50

India’s Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has developed a new remotely operated weapon station (ROWS) armed with the Russian-designed NSVT 12.7 mm heavy machine gun (HMG), according to the OFB’s portfolio.


Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has unveiled a Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS) armed with a 12.7mm machine at Aero India in 2017. (Picture source www.chindits.org)

The new ROWS, which is simply designated RCWS (Remote Control Weapon Station), broke its cover at the DefExpo 2020 defense show held in Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh, India) in early February. The unmanned combat station was specifically designed to carry a combat-ready NSVT HMG, which is mounted on a two-axis stabilizer. “The RCWS can be used to engage both ground and aerial targets, with keeping its operator safe from threats,” says the OFB. Originally, the station was intended for the upgraded Arjun Mk. IA main battle tank (MBT). The module has also been configured for the Arjun armored recovery vehicle and the C-431 patrol ship of the Indian Coast Guard; however, it can be installed on a wide range of ground and surface carriers.

The RCWS works in both day and night modes and is equipped with a laser rangefinder. “An automatic target tracker and a remote arming device can be additionally mounted,” says the portfolio

The OFB has developed the RCWS in conjunction with India’s company Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).

According to the OFB, the organic armament suite of the new unmanned station can be reinforced with an anti-tank missile, machinegun, or automatic grenade launcher. “The module can be employed during low-intensity conflicts,” says the portfolio, adding that the RCWS had already passed through firing tests at sea.

The RCWS seems to have been developed under the ‘Make in India’ program — almost all manufacturers of modern armored vehicles offer their products with unmanned combat stations and India does not appear to be an exception. However, further fielding of the RCWS is not defined. The Indian Army now operates combat vehicles with traditional manned turrets; the Arjun Mk. IA is probably the first Indian vehicle to get a ROWS, but the deliveries of the MBT to the units will start in the early 2020s.

India is also reported to have imported marinized unmanned combat stations from Israel: since 2016, the Asian country has been negotiating the acquisition of 747 Elbit Systems’ RCWSs armed with 12.7 mm HMGs (probably M2HBs, but Elbit also offers its combat stations with the NSVT machinegun). India was planning to directly import 136 ROWSs and produce the remaining 611 modules in-house.

The RCWS is the first Indian attempt to enter the global market for remotely control weapon systems. At the DefExpo 2020 show, the OFB did not provide any detailed information about the new combat station; however, it is believed to carry a traditional sensor suite with a daylight TV camera, thermal imager, and laser rangefinder. Despite the fact that neither OFB nor BEL is a strong ROWS market player, the RCWS might find its customers.

The station seems to have a well-balanced cost-effectiveness ratio and probably offers almost all modern capabilities at a decent price.
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[*] posted on 15-4-2020 at 03:03 PM


Kongsberg Defense will deliver Protector Remote Weapon Station to Lithuania armed forces

POSTED ON TUESDAY, 14 APRIL 2020 13:47

Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace has received a contract under the United States Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program for delivery of the Kongsberg Protector Remote Weapon Station (RWS) to Lithuanian Armed Forces as part of a total package worth $170.8 million USD. This award is part of the United States Army Commonly Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS) program and includes a request for Oshkosh Defense Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV).


Oshkosh Defense JLTV General Purpose fitted with Kongsberg Protector LW 30 Remote Weapon System at AUSA 2017, the Association of United States Army exhibition and conference in Washington D.C., October 2017. (Picture source Army Recognition)

The CROWS and JLTVs will be delivered as a system, as it is intended and certified by the U.S. military, for the greatest interoperability. This is the first contract between Kongsberg Defense and the Lithuanian Government under FMS.

“We are honored to be selected by Lithuanian government for this contract award,” said Scott Burk, vice president, Kongsberg Defense. “Lithuanian Armed Forces officials are setting the standard when it comes to how to best acquire these light tactical vehicles by integrating the right equipment and maximizing the interoperability, performance, parts and supply chain. Given the close geographic region, European countries are doing their due-diligence when selecting a U.S.-validated system.”

The Protector RWS is the world’s most-fielded RWS with close to 20,000 units delivered to over 20 nations around the globe. It is equipped with an advanced and modular sensor suite to enable situational awareness and maximize soldier safety and is designed for small and medium caliber weapons and missiles. The Protector RWS is a proven product based on millions of hours of operational experience in combat zones combined with a close cooperation with global defense forces—all with an unprecedented operational readiness rate of 99%.

“We are delighted that the Lithuanian Armed Forces have chosen the JLTV for their next generation light tactical vehicle,” said Mike Ivy, senior vice president, International Programs at Oshkosh Defense. “With unrivaled off-road performance, payload and protection, the JLTV brings the latest in military tactical wheeled vehicle technology to the battlefield. We stand ready to support the Lithuania Armed Forces on JLTV delivery, training and sustainment in the years to come,” Ivy concluded.

In August 2019, the U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Lithuania of five hundred Joint Light Tactical Vehicles with support for an estimated cost of $170.8 million. The Government of Lithuania has requested to buy five hundred Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, M1278A1 Heavy Guns Carriers.
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[*] posted on 16-4-2020 at 01:33 PM


Hungary orders Aselsan RCWS and gunshot detection systems

Kerry Herschelman, Washington, DC - Jane's Defence Weekly

15 April 2020

An unnamed NATO country has signed a contract with Aselsan for remote controlled weapon stations (RCWS) and gunshot detection systems, the company tweeted on 10 April. Well-informed Turkish defence sources told Jane’s on 13–14 April that the customer is Hungary.


Aselsan's SARP (foreground) and SEDA (background). (Aselsan)

Aselsan did not identify the systems but the image accompanying the tweet shows the Stabilized Advanced Remote Weapon Platform (SARP) and SEDA gunshot detection system.

Plans call for the Aselsan systems to be installed in Hungarian Defence Forces Ejder Yalçın armoured combat vehicles from Turkish private company Nurol Makina.

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[*] posted on 16-4-2020 at 02:00 PM


Russia tested Arbalet-DM Remote Controlled Weapon Station against helicopter drone

POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, 15 APRIL 2020 15:51

The Arbalet-DM remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS) was successfully tested for the first time last week, even at night, against a moving target resembling a helicopter. It tracked the target from over 2,000 meters away, the Russian MoD said in a statement.


Arbalet-DM RWCS mounted on Tigr-M 4x4 armored vehicle. (Picture source Army Recognition)

Arbalet-DM’s gross weight is about 250 kg. The main armament is a 6P49 12.7mm Kord machine gun, which has a rate of fire up to 600 rounds per minute. The sighting range at ground targets and flying targets reaches 2,000 meters in the daytime and 1,500 m in the nighttime. The machine gun is fed with 450 sounds. To enhance the security of the vehicle, to the Arbalet-DM RCWS can receive 4 smoke grenade launchers.

The fire control system includes a gunner sighting system PC-SU IPTSYU.201219.026 with a low-level TV camera that provides a range of detection and identification of the target sample with a narrow field of vision at not less than 2,500 meters. The laser rangefinder works from 100 to 3,000 meters.

Arbalet-DM was tested for armored vehicles: Typhoon APC, Tigr-M, MT-LB multipurpose tractor, and ANT-1000R robotic systems but the system can be mounted on surface vessels and tracked vehicles as well. It was inducted in 2016 in the Russian army.


Close view of Arbalet-DM RWCS Remote Controlled Weapon Station. (Picture source Army-guide)
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[*] posted on 20-4-2020 at 07:30 PM


Aselsan sells SARP-Dual RWCS to Kazakhstan

POSTED ON MONDAY, 20 APRIL 2020 08:10

Aselsan has signed a new contract for “SARP-Dual” Advanced Remote Controlled Stabilized Weapon Station (RCWS) to Kazakhstan.


SARP-Dual Advanced Remote Controlled Stabilized Weapon Station (RCWS) (Picture source: Aselsan)

Aselsan RCWS solutions can be integrated on various types of naval or land platforms with different configurations and calibers, are currently in the use of 20 different countries worldwide. With its wide range of engineering and defense solutions, Aselsan and its joint venture Kazakhstan Aselasan Engineering (KAE) aim to increase their manufacturing capacity in order to meet Kazakhstan’s military and civilian needs.

SARP Advanced Remote Controlled Stabilized Weapon Station

SARP is an Advanced Remote Controlled Stabilized Weapon Station for small and medium caliber machine guns and automatic grenade launchers. The platform combines high-precision reconnaissance and engagement capabilities with effective firepower while keeping the operator under armor or in a safe area away from counter fire.

The compact design of the system proves SARP perfect match for integration onto tactical vehicles, fixed surveillance posts and towers. Stabilization, automatic target tracking and advanced ballistic computation features provide fire-on-the-move capability against stationary and moving targets.

SEDA Gunshot Detection System

SEDA system is designed to detect supersonic projectiles and to calculate the shooter’s location under all environmental conditions using acoustic detection technology. The system has three configurations (standalone, vehicle-mounted) to satisfy different operational concepts.

Features

• Detects supersonic projectiles and calculates the location of shooters • Easy integration with geographical information system (GIS) • Alarm generation on GIS • No calibration requirement • Low power consumption • Interoperability (using Ethernet interface) with cameras and remote-controlled gun systems
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[*] posted on 20-4-2020 at 11:22 PM


EOS R400S Mk2 remote weapon station fires Javelin missiles and Bushmaster gun

POSTED ON MONDAY, 20 APRIL 2020 10:21

EOS Defense Systems US has successfully fired anti-tank missiles and a 30mm cannon from an EOS remote weapon station mounted on a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). The firings, conducted at the Redstone Test Center, Alabama, utilized US Army-supplied FGM-148 Javelin missiles and the Northrop Grumman M230LF Bushmaster gun.


EOS Defense Systems US has successfully fired anti-tank missiles and a 30mm cannon from an EOS remote weapon station mounted on a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) (Picture source: EOS)

EOS and the Javelin Joint Venture, a partnership of Raytheon Technologies and Lockheed Martin, worked together to fully integrate Javelin with the EOS remote weapon station within 10 months.

During the test, the team launched two FGM-148 Javelin missiles in between M230LF Bushmaster gun 30mm cannon fire volleys. Both systems were mounted on an EOS R400S Mk2 Remote Weapon Station and validated that neither weapons’ employment adversely affected the other’s performance. “This was an exceptional opportunity to fire one of the most lethal anti-tank missiles in the world in conjunction with a 30mm chain gun to validate that they are completely interoperable,” said BG (Retired) Phil Coker, CEO for EOS Defense Systems US. “The ability to effectively counter any maneuver threat on the modern battlefield is a significant advantage to an Army that has to deploy to any fight. At the same time, the capacity that the R400 offers to clearly identify friend-from-foe at the Javelin’s max range is an advantage that few other systems offer.”

The R400S is in full-rate production and is currently in use by six allied nations. The system can be mounted on a broad range of fighting and support vehicles, both wheeled and tracked.
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[*] posted on 7-5-2020 at 06:22 PM


Brazilian Army tests new Remax remote controlled weapon system

Alejandro Sanchez, Washington, DC - Jane's Defence Weekly

07 May 2020



The Brazilian Army conducted field tests with the new REMAX remote controlled weapon system on a 4×4 Light Multirole Vehicle (LMV) manufactured by Iveco Defence Vehicles in late April.

The REMAX system is developed by Ares Aerospacial e Defensa and the army's technological centre (Centro Tecnológico do Exército). It is designed for M2HB 12.7 mm and MAG 7.62 mm machine guns, and test photos also show grenade launcher tubes attached to the system.

Testing was conducted at the army's assessment centre (Centro de Avaliações do Exército) with support from the 9th motorised infantry brigade and other units.

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Kongsberg will manufacture Medium Caliber Turret for US Marines Amphibious Combat Vehicle program

POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, 13 MAY 2020 18:23

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (KONGSBERG) has been selected by BAE Systems, Inc. to design and manufacture the remote Medium Caliber Turret (MCT) for the United States Marine Corps’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) -30 program.


Kongsberg Medium Caliber Turret 30mm mounted on Amphibious Combat Vehicle for U.S. Marine Corps. (Picture source Kongsberg)

KONGSBERG will deliver up to 150 MCTs (Medium Caliber turrets) in a phased program as part of this contract. Test article delivery will commence in early 2021 followed by production phases.

The KONGSBERG MCT-30 is the first remotely operated 30mm turret to be qualified and fielded in the United States. The system provides highly accurate firepower for wheeled or tracked combat vehicles. It is remotely controlled and operated from a protected position inside the vehicle compartment for optimized crew safety. The MCT-30 leverages a link-less medium caliber cannon providing lethality, extremely high reliability and multi-user functions to the Marine Corps ACV and other platforms.

“The ACV-30 with KONGSBERGs MCT-30 turret signifies a powerful lethality capability for the Marine Corps, representative of a new era in U.S. amphibious operations”, said Pål E Bratlie, Executive Vice President Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace“.

The U.S. Army, in 2015, chose KONGSBERG’s MCT-30 to increase the lethality of the Stryker Brigade in Europe. The system has been fielded and operated with the Army as part of the European Deterrence Initiative since 2018. It is the primary armament and fire control system for the Infantry Carrier Vehicle – Dragoon (ICV-D) Strykers. All MCT-30s, and any remote weapon stations, bound for U.S. customers are manufactured in the KONGBSERG Johnstown, PA facility leveraging a U.S. supply base located in over 30 states.
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John Cockerill offers new fire support vehicle based on Boxer 8x8 armored vehicle with 105mm weapon station

POSTED ON FRIDAY, 15 MAY 2020 12:49

According to a Tweet and picture released on Twitter by Nicholas Drummond, a British Defence industry consultant, and commentator, the Belgian company John Cockerill has shown a project that integrates its 105mm 3000 Series Weapon System on Boxer 8x8 armored vehicle during the International Armored Vehicle Conference that was held in London in January 2020.


Drawing of Boxer 8x8 armored vehicle fitted with John Cockerill 105mm weapon station (Picture source: Twitter account of Nicholas Drummond)

The Boxer is a multirole 8x8 armored vehicle designed by an international consortium and produced by the ARTEC GmbH (armored vehicle technology) industrial group, and the program is being managed by OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation). The vehicle is in service with The Netherlands and Germany. In April 2018, the British Government joined the Boxer program for its Mechanized Infantry Vehicle (MIV) program. On 10 September 2019, it was revealed that the target date for UK's MIV program to receive its main gate approval was 22 October 2019. It was reported that the business case for the purchase of an initial batch of 508 vehicles, valued at about GBP1.2 billion (US$1.48 billion), was under scrutiny by financial, commercial, and technical experts before receiving the final approval by the ministers. UK MoD (Ministry of Defense) officials submitted their final business case for the purchase of the Boxer MIVs on 9 September 2019 to meet the British Army's target of getting its first Boxer in service by 2023

The Boxer is based on a modular design offering the possibility to easily remove the rear part of the vehicle to integrate different types of mission’s modules or weapon stations. The modules incorporate a primary safety cell with a triple floor. The base vehicle operates independently from the modules. Units are air transportable. The modules are interchangeable in less than one hour.

With this modularity, the Boxer can be easily adapted to be fitted with different types of weapon systems including manned and unmanned turret armed with light and medium caliber weapons as well as a cannon of up to 120mm. The weapon station is reconfigurable to suit the specific customer requirements and the module for mission-specific equipment is replaceable within one hour.

The concept of a wheeled armored vehicle armed with a 105 or 120mm cannon is not new: the Italian company IVECO-Oto Melara developed in 1996 the Centauro tank destroyer based on an 8x8 vehicle chassis. Today, many armies in the world try to find new fire support vehicles offering the firepower of a tank with the mobility of a wheeled armored vehicle that can be easily deployed by a military transport aircraft.

The Boxer 8x8 armored vehicle fitted with the Belgian-made John Cockerill 105mm 3000 Series Weapon System will represent a new generation of fire support combat vehicles offering high mobility, protection and firepower. One of the key features of the Boxer is its mobility. Chassis, suspension, and powerpack of the vehicle operate independently from the rear module. A permanent eight-wheel-drive and an automatic transmission with selectable differential locks let the Boxer overcome even the most difficult terrain. The tires are equipped with run-flat elements and through the central tire inflation system, the tire pressure can be adjusted according to the terrain type. The two front axles are steerable. The independent suspension allows for both high speed on roads and excellent off-road handling characteristics. Through the use of lateral wheel brakes, the Boxer can be turned even within very small spaces.

The John Cockerill 3000 Series weapon station is a single platform accepting guns of different calibers and their corresponding technological modules to be integrated onto the same turret: automatic 25 mm, 30 mm, 30/40 mm, 35 mm and 50 mm caliber guns, along with direct fire guns of 90 and 105 mm, which are also able to fire anti-tank missiles.

The "standard" form of the Cockerill 3000 Series provides full digital weapon stabilization and digitalized fire control system to deliver a very high target-hit chance. The turret also boasts thermal and day sights to provide 24-hour operation weather the vehicle is moving or static. The Cockerill 3000 Series can be protected with ballistic protection up to STANAG Level 5.
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[*] posted on 16-5-2020 at 12:22 PM


Of obvious potential interest to both the British and Australian armies .............
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[*] posted on 16-5-2020 at 08:01 PM


Some combination between this type of vehicle and an M8-esque tank is where I think the Australian Army should be looking rather than using the M1. It would be far more likely to get deployed where it is needed.



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Technology: Spider 57mm short-range air defense RCWS Remote Controlled Weapon Station

POSTED ON SUNDAY, 17 MAY 2020 09:34

The Spider is a new remotely controlled short-range air defense system designed and developed by the Slovenian company Valhalla in collaboration with the United Arab Emirates defense industry, Golden Group. The Spider weapon station configured for combat vehicle was unveiled in February 2019 during IDEX the international defense exhibition in UAE.


Spider 57mm short-range air defense system in the ground configuration. (Picture source Valhalla company)

The 57mm RCWS (Remote Controlled Weapon Station) Spider can be mounted on combat vehicles or used as ground weapon station fitted on a container that can be easily and quickly deployed on the battlefield. In firing position, four spades are hydraulically lowered on the ground to provide a more stable firing platform.

In ground configuration, the Spider RCWS has a length of 7 m a height of 2.5 m maximum. The turret has a weight of 5,000 kg, a traverse of 360° and elevation from -20° to +70°. In vehicle configuration the turret will have a weight of 3.850 kg. The turret can be protected up to Level 3 STANAG 4569 against the firing of small arms 7.62mm or 155mm artillery shell splinters.

The main armament of Spider RCWS is based on the old Soviet-made S-60 57mm anti-aircraft gun but fitted with a new link belt feed system. The original gun was with four-round clips. A total of 92 ammunition are available inside the combat module. Two types of ammunition can be fire by the modernized version of the S-60 including the OR-281U High Explosive Traced (HEI) Ammunition and the BR-281 armor-piercing tracer (APC-T) able to penetrate 96 mm of armour at 1,000 m. It has a maximum firing range of 6,000 m. The gun can be used against aerial targets as well as ground targets

The second armament of the Spider RCWS includes one 14.5mm KPVT heavy machine gun mounted to the right of the main armament. It can be used to engage light armored vehicles, fire weapons and manpower located behind light shelters, as well as low-flying air targets. The KPVT is able to fire B­32 armor-piercing incendiary bullet, BZT armor-piercing tracer bullet and MDZ instant-action incendiary bullet. The maximum firing range against air targets is 2,000 m and 1,500 m against ground targets.

On each side of the turret is mounted one 70mm rocket launcher pod able to launch unguided and guided rockets. The rockets are used to perform various roles, including anti-material, anti-personnel, air-to-ground suppression and illumination.

The turret is equipped with panoramic sight and laser range finder. When fitted with a radar system, it can detect aerial, naval or land threats. The threats detected by the radar are cued to the electro-optical system for identification and engagement with a detection range from 15 to 20 km.


Spider 57mm weapon station in a vehicle configuration. (Picture source Army Recognition)
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[*] posted on 25-5-2020 at 08:18 PM


Kongsberg to provide Protector remote weapon stations to Canadian army

POSTED ON MONDAY, 25 MAY 2020 09:23

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has signed a contract with General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada for delivery of the Protector Remote Weapon Stations (RWS) to the Canadian Army valued 500 MNOK.


Kongsberg's Protector RWS will be integrated on Canada’s fleet of Armored Combat Support Vehicles (Picture source: Kongsberg)

The Protector RWS will be integrated on Canada’s fleet of Armored Combat Support Vehicles. Canada signed their first Protector RWS contract in 2005 followed by additional contracts in 2012 and 2014.

“We are very pleased to be chosen again as the supplier of Remote Weapon Stations to the Canadian Army. This confirms the strong position of Kongsberg’s Protector RWS, and continues the close relationship between Kongsberg and the Canadian Army and General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada,” says Pål E. Bratlie, Executive Vice President Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS. “In the midst of the most uncertain and difficult economic times in our lifetime, we are very pleased to win this order in spite of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our business base is long-term and solid, with an order backlog that provides a strong foundation for continued operations into the future,” says Eirik Lie, President Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS.

Kongsberg has, for more than two decades, been the leading global supplier of Remote Weapon Stations. Leveraging millions of hours of operational use in all conditions, based on 20,000 delivered systems for 23 countries. The Protector RWS has continuously evolved to meet increasingly demanding requirements, utilizing technological advancements in order to meet new threat scenarios.

The Canadian Army will receive the latest generation Protector RWS, a Remote Weapon Station prepared for wireless control, counter UAS capability, multi-sensor fusion, as well as other new functions required by the expanding user community. The systems for Canada will be produced in parallel with five other programs, - creating synergies in supply base and project execution for the benefit of the customers.
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[*] posted on 27-5-2020 at 11:00 PM


Belarussian BRDM-2 armored vehicle displayed with pop-up RCWS

POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, 27 MAY 2020 10:59

Twitter sometimes reveals interesting variants of well-known vehicles. On Caesar’s account, three pictures show a BRDM-2 in Belarus, fitted with a pop-up RWCS. No time nor technical details are provided. When were these pictures taken? Is it (or was it) an “official” modification to be tested?


Belarussian BRDM-2 with pop-up RWCS (Picture source: Twitter account of Caesar@Ninja998998)

The BRDM-2 is an amphibious armored patrol vehicle used by the former Soviet Union. It was also known under the designations BTR-40PB, BTR-40P-2 and GAZ 41-08. This vehicle, like many other Soviet designs, has been exported extensively and is in use in at least 38 countries. It was intended to replace the earlier BRDM-1, compared to which it had improved amphibious capabilities and better armament.

The BRDM-2 is sometimes confused with the Hungarian D-442 FUG and D-944 PSzH amphibious scout cars, which also have rear-mounted engines. What distinguishes them from the BRDM-2 is that they have twin waterjets, whereas the BRDM-2 has a single triangular water jet.


Belarussian BRDM-2 with pop-up RWCS (Picture source: Twitter account of Caesar@Ninja998998)


Belarussian BRDM-2 with pop-up RWCS retracted (Picture source: Twitter account of Caesar@Ninja998998)
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[*] posted on 29-5-2020 at 09:55 AM


IAG company launches its new TLC200 RWS Remote Weapon Station

POSTED ON THURSDAY, 28 MAY 2020 14:43

The UAE-based Company International Armored Group (IAG) launches its new Remote Weapon Station (RWS) TLC200 that can be easily integrated into commercial Pickup or armored vehicles. According to information from IAG, this turret can be mounted on Toyota Land Cruiser, Chevrolet Suburban, Sentinel TRV, and ARV as well as its full range of military and security armored vehicles.


International armored Group IAG TLC 200 Remote Weapon Station RWS. (Picture source IAG)

The IAG (International Armored Group) RWS (Remote Weapon Station) can be mounted inside of a commercial vehicle and erected on the roof in firing position. In the travel position, the RWS can be stored inside the vehicle. The operator of the machine gun sits on the passenger seat can use a simple control box with a joystick system and LCD display screen. Such equipment is used on combat or security vehicles allowing the operator to remain in the relative protection of the vehicle.

The IAG Remote Weapon Station (RWS) features advanced wireless remote control functions, auto-target detecting and tracking, computer-based fire control actions, shoot on-the-move, day and night vision, ballistic protection and laser range finder for accurate ballistics.

The IAG TLC200 Remote Weapon Station is capable of mounting multiple weapons including 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine gun as well as a 40mm automatic grenade launcher. The turret is also protected BR6 against the firing of small arms 7.62x51 mm FJ/PB/SC NATO 7 and in option Level B7 against 7.62x51 mm FJ/PB/HC1 NATO AP ammunition.

The IAG TLC200 has a traverse of 360° with an elevation angle from +60° to -30°. The turret fitted with a 7.62 machine gun has a weight of 90 kg without ammunition and armor with a height of 55 cm in a basic configuration.

The sighting equipment includes one electro-optic system with a 30x optical zoom and day/night camera. The turret can be also fitted with a laser rangefinder with a maximum range of 5,500 m. In option, the RWS can be equipped with an automatic target tracking system able to track 5 targets with both cameras with an auto-detect mode.
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15 JUNE 2020 00:00 GMT+0

Moog proposing lighter RIwP turret configuration for MADIS

by Ashley Roque

Moog is planning to submit a lighter version of its Reconfigurable Integrated-weapons Platform (RIwP) to the US Marine Corp after its initial offering was deemed too heavy for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).

Tony Peck, Moog’s director for defence control systems, spoke with Janes on 11 June about the RIwP and the company’s bid to secure the Marine Air Defense Integrated System [MADIS] Increment 1 contract.

”We’re happy to make it lighter,” Peck explained. “In our recent white paper submittal for the Increment 1 competition we detailed various ways of how to take upwards of 600 lb out of out of the system as it exists today.”

Born, in part, out of the US Army’s Mobile Low, Slow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Integrated Defense Systems (MLIDS) joint urgent operational needs statement effort that outfitted mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehicles (M-ATVs) with a RIwP configuration, the USMC sought to use a similar configuration on a JLTV, Peck explained. The service even acquired several RIwP prototypes and awarded the company with a long-lead materials contract, he added.

However, since M-ATVs and JLTVs have different roof and overall load carrying capacities, his understanding is there needs to be an approximate 400 lb weight reduction to the RIwP configuration for MADIS.

The company is proposing a host of potential changes including a lighter weight sight, swapping out the Raytheon Stinger Vehicle Universal Missile (SVUL) launcher that holds four surface-to-air missiles for one that hold two missiles and structural armor modifications.

On the sight front, for example, the government supplied one that is a derivate of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle sighting system, which Peck called “very capable and very expensive”.

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French VAB TOP APCs in action during Operation Barkhane in Sahel

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The TOP version of the VAB (Véhicule de l’Avant Blindé) was developed by Arquus for the operations carried on in Afghanistan. These VABs are intensively used in the Sahel region by the French army for Operation Barkhane carried on against terrorist groups.


Arquus VBL and Arquus VAB TOP in action in Sahel for Operation Barkhane (Picture source: French Army)

The TOP standard of the Arquus VAB includes increased protection for the vehicle with the addition of additional armor, and a Kongsberg Protector TTO (therefore not Arquus) allowing the shooter to stay safe in all circumstances. These VABs, like the others, will be replaced by VBMR Griffons (GME Arquus, Nexter and Thales) and Serval (Nexter and Texelis) which will be equipped with TTO T1 and T2 designed and manufactured by Arquus.

On April 30, 2008, the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) notified Renault Trucks Defense (former name of Arquus) of an order letter of 20 Mn € for the development and integration of 60 remotely controlled turrets in VABs of the Army (TOP stands for TéléOPéré, remotely controlled). These turrets would allow the shooter to use a 12.7mm machine gun while remaining protected inside the vehicle, in particular against the threat of improvised explosive devices, snipers, and in the event of accidents leading the vehicles to roll upside down.

The control of the turret is implemented from inside the tank using a "joystick". This system is completed by a laser rangefinder and two cameras. Since 2011, these VAB TOP are equipped with the PILARw system, developed by the company 01dB-Metravib. This device automatically detects and locates small arms, mortars and RPG rocket launchers. The shooter's location is then displayed in 3D and almost in real-time, which improves the response capacity.
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[*] posted on 2-7-2020 at 08:39 PM


01 JULY 2020

Kongsberg's MCT-30 bound for US Army's RCV-M prototypes

by Ashley Roque

The US Army has announced that Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace will outfit the service’s Robotic Combat Vehicle-Medium (RCV-M) prototypes with its PROTECTOR Medium Caliber Remote Weapon Station (MCT-30).

Scott Burk, Kongsberg Defence’s vice-president for business development and government relations for US land systems, told Janes that the decision only became official in May. Previously, the army selected the company to outfit its RCV-Light (RCV-L) prototypes with the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station– Javelin (CROWS-J) and now with both contracts, Burk anticipates that it will create a common architecture.

“We'll be delivering hardware and software kits that have a significant amount CROW’s technology refresh commonality,” Burk added during a 31 June interview. “So … we'll have common hardware, common fire control [and] common machine interface.”

The army envisions fielding three RCV classes – a light, medium, and heavy – with the objective of validating manned/unmanned teaming (MUM-T) by exploring the current state of the technology, as well as increasing formation effectiveness. Earlier this year, the service proceeded with the two smaller vehicle classes, and selected QinetiQ North America to build four RCV-L prototypes and Textron to build four RCV-M prototypes.


The Ripsaw M5 is pictured here with the MCT-30. Previously, the US Army had selected the vehicle to be the RCV-M prototype and has now decided that the MCT-30 will also be used. (Textron)

QinetiQ is partnered with Pratt & Miller on the RCV-L offering that it deems a variant of the Expeditionary Modular Autonomous Vehicle (EMAV).
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New Weapons Boost Army Capability and Secure Jobs

(Source: Australian Department of Defence; issued July 2, 2020)

Sooo, approx 10% of the combined Bushmaster/Hawkei force will get an RCWS? Hmmmmmm..........

The Morrison Government will acquire 251 Remote Weapon Stations that will better protect Army personnel on operations while boosting Australian jobs and opportunities for small businesses.

The Remote Weapon Stations, which allow a gunner to operate a weaponised system from a protected position, will be added to the Army’s Bushmaster and Hawkei protected mobility vehicles.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the new weapons were part of the $270 billion capability upgrade for the Australian Defence Force, under the new 2020 Force Structure Plan.

“The Federal Government is committed to ensuring Australian Defence Force personnel have the tools they need to protect themselves and keep Australians safe,” the Prime Minister said.

“At the same time we must have a robust and resilient defence industry that maximises opportunities for small businesses and supports Australian jobs and local investment.”

Minister for Defence Senator Linda Reynolds CSC said the 2020 Defence Strategic Update and the 2020 Force Structure Plan would strengthen the ADF’s capabilities to respond to an increasingly challenging strategic environment.

“The Morrison Government is investing a record $270 billion in Defence capability and infrastructure over the next decade,” Minister Reynolds said.

“Investments such as the acquisition of Remote Weapon Stations will make the ADF more capable for the wide range of potential scenarios and threats Australia will face in the future.”

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the investment in new remote weapon stations would provide job stability for over 200 of Electro Optic Systems’ workforce directly involved in engineering and support.

“This investment not only secures local jobs but it also provides certainty for over 100 supply chain businesses across Australia,” Minister Price said.

“More than 80 per cent of the parts that Electro Optic Systems use for these weapons are sourced through the Australian supply chain and that’s good for jobs and small businesses.

“While the Federal Government’s focus is on keeping Australians safe, our investments in Defence have a significant benefit for Australian businesses and workers – around 15,000 businesses and 70,000 workers benefit from our investments and that’s set to grow.”

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[*] posted on 2-7-2020 at 11:14 PM


I'm guessing it's enough to switch and swap among those that are being deployed...



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