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  1. #141

    Brazil orders additional REMAX remote weapon stations

    Victor Barreira, Istanbul - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

    03 January 2017

    The Brazilian Army Logistics Command in late December 2016 ordered an additional 215 REMAX (REparo de Metralhadora Automatizado X) lightweight remote-controlled weapon stations from ARES Aeroespacial e Defesa, a Brazilian operation of Elbit Systems. The contract is worth BRL328 million (USD100.5 million) and includes associated equipment and services.

    The weapon stations are for the service's Iveco VBTP-MR Guarani 6x6 amphibious armoured vehicles, 1,580 of which were ordered on 22 November 2016 to complement 203 that were previously delivered.

    A pilot tranche of 76 REMAX systems were purchased in September 2012 for BRL49.4 million by the Department of Science and Technology, and another five were later added.

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  2. #142

    More on this..........with better pics........

    Elbit Systems’ Subsidiary to Produce Remote Weapon Stations in Brazil

    By Tamir Eshel - Jan 8, 2017

    REMAX is a stabilized weapon station for 12.7/7.62 mm machine guns that was Specifically designed by Ares to meet Brazilian Army requirements as part of the VBTP program. The system have been successfully tested and fielded in Brazilian Army Guarani 6X6 vehicles. Photo: Elbit Systems

    Ares, a Brazilian subsidiary of Elbit Systems will supply the Brazilian Armed Forces remotely Controled Weapon Stations (RCWS) over a period of five years supporting various armored vehicles programs.

    The company Aeroespacial e Defesa S.A. (“Ares”) announced today the award of a framework contract from the Brazilian Ministry of Defense, in a total value of approximately $100 million, to supply 12.7/7.62 mm RCWS to the Brazilian Army. The RCWS, named REMAX, will be supplied over a five-year period. An initial production order, valued at approximately $7.5 million, has been received.

    REMAX is a stabilized weapon station for 12.7/7.62 mm machine guns that was Specifically designed by Ares to meet Brazilian Army requirements as part of the VBTP program. The system have been successfully tested and fielded in Brazilian Army Guarani 6X6 vehicles. It will be used in armored vehicles and logistics vehicles utilized in combat for troop transport, border patrol and peace keeping missions. Some of the Brazilian VBTP vehicles are also armed with a larger weapon station mounting the 30mm automatic cannon.

    As a major subcontractor to the Guarani program AEL was awarded in 2011 a framework contract valued at up to $260 million, to supply of UT30 BR 30 mm Unmanned Turrets to the Brazilian Army’s Land Forces. The contract calls for Elbit Systems’ UT30 BR to be installed onboard hundreds of Iveco 6×6 APCs. A year later, in 2012, the company was awarded $25 million order for the development and initial supply of REMAX weapon stations.

    REMAX is a stabilized weapon station for 12.7/7.62 mm machine guns to be used in armored vehicles and logistics vehicles. Photo: Elbit Systems

  3. #143

    Austria to field common remote weapon system

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

    26 January 2017

    This may be similar to the Brazilian unit above, which is also ELBIT.............

    The Austrian Army will field a common remote weapon station (RWS) across a significant part of its fleet of armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs).

    An Austrian Pandur 6x6 APC as originally delivered to the Austrian Army. It is fitted with a PWS armed with and unsterilized .50 calibre M2 HB MG. (GDELS-Steyr)

    Details of this and other Austrian Army AFV upgrades were revealed by Brigadier General Norbert Huber, director of armament and procurement at the Austrian Ministry of Defence, at the IQPC International Armoured Vehicles 2017 conference held in London.

    It has not been confirmed which system will be installed. However, IHS Jane's understands that a batch of Elbit Systems RWSs were delivered to Austria for its Iveco Defence Vehicles Light Multirole Vehicle (LMV) fleet, and a decision was subsequently made to further develop that system and roll the capability out across additional Austrian Army platforms.

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  4. #144

    Weapon System Moves Reserve Gunners to the Safety of the Backseat

    (Source: U.S Army; issued Jan 30, 2017)

    A soldier performs a boresight alignment on an M240B machine gun mounted on a Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS), at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. CROWS is compatible with four major crew-served weapons. (US Army photo)

    FORT CHAFFEE, Ark. --- "Riding shotgun" in the Army Reserve is moving to the backseat and gunners could be better off because of it.

    Traditionally, the gunner sits in the vehicle's turret during convoys, where he is exposed to gunfire and explosions and vulnerable to injury during a vehicle rollover. But now the Army Reserve is receiving a weapon technology that will allow the gunner to sit safely in the backseat.

    Known as the CROWS, for "common remotely operated weapon station," it's a big hunk of steel mounted to the top of a vehicle, equipped with daytime and thermal cameras, capable of rotating 360 degrees and seeing up to 1,500 meters away.

    Sgt. Michael Whitaker, Army Reserve Soldier with the 346th Military Police Company of Fort Riley, Kansas, praised the $190,000 weapon system, saying he loved that it would keep gunners out of harm's way.

    "They're inside the protection of the vehicle, and they can still get 360-degree view by traversing the turret," Whitaker said. "They're not up there in the turret with their heads sticking out ... where the enemy sniper can engage them easier."

    Far from a new technology to the Army, the CROWS has been around in one form or another since 2001. This year, however, marks the first major fielding program concentrating heavily on the Army Reserve. The first Reserve units to receive CROWS in fiscal year 2017 are military police and chemical companies.

    In all, it's estimated the units will go to 27 companies, 19 of which are military police. The project is estimated to field approximately $39 million worth of equipment to the Army Reserve.

    "Even though it is expensive, it's keeping our No. 1 asset protected, which is our Soldiers," Whitaker pointed out. "It's bringing our brothers and sisters home at the end of their deployment."

    The Army Reserve fielding process is taking place in four stages at military installations in Arkansas, New Jersey and South Carolina. For each fielding, a team of instructors and installers is spending about two weeks training Soldiers how to use their new weapon.

    The system feels a bit like a video game, with gunners controlling the CROWS using a joystick while watching a small screen, which features a digital crosshair for aiming, surrounded by buttons and switches.

    Equipped with a laser rangefinder that measures the distance of a target, the CROWS is estimated to have a 95 percent accuracy rate. It absorbs about 80 percent of the recoil, allowing the gunner to bring the weapon back on target faster after each burst of fire.

    "What you see on the screen is just like the real thing. It's just really neat how smooth it is to operate and how simple it is, really," Whitaker said.

    Gunners can aim and control the CROWS manually, but the system is also equipped with a tracking capability that allows gunners to stay with a target traveling up to 25 miles per hour, even if the target moves behind objects.

    Spc. Ethan Moe, Army Reserve military police Soldier with the 800th MP Company of Little Rock, Arkansas called the weapon station "very accurate."

    "Just about every time you pull the trigger, it goes [back to] the same place," he said. "The stabilization, [allows you to] shoot on the move. Thermal imaging, see at night, temperatures, easily pick out targets, tracking, leading -- all that."

    Also, even when the gunner's vehicle is traveling across rough terrain, the CROWS remains completely stable and on target.

    "Before, when you were in the gunner's hatch, [if] the truck's bouncing, you're bouncing," Whitaker explained. "You're all over the place. It was harder to maintain a good target."

    The first Soldiers to receive the CROWS in the Army were infantry and Stryker brigade combat teams. The system is so versatile that it can be mounted on nearly any vehicle with a turret: Humvees, large trucks, tanks, watercraft and more.

    It's also compatible with the M2 .50-cal machine gun, the MK19 automatic grenade launcher, the M240B rifle and the M249 squad automatic weapon.

    It comes with a large ammo box that can feed a massive amount of firepower into the weapon: 96 rounds for the MK19, 400 rounds for the M2, 1,000 rounds for the M240B and 1,600 rounds for the M249.

    "That's a lot of rounds you can put down range," Moe said.

    The fielding is managed by PM Soldier Weapons, a program that specializes in developing and procuring new technology for Soldiers.

    "It's going to improve the accuracy of how we fight," said Arquelio Gillespie, fielding manager for the materiel fielding and training team for the Tank Automotive Command. "It's going to reduce the number of casualties that the Army takes. It's going to improve on our accuracy of finding the enemy,"

    There was a bigger push to put CROWS on turrets in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2005 to 2009. These units, however, were intended for temporary use. Soldiers turned them back in as they returned home.

    Shortly after, however, the CROWS became what is known in the logistics world as a "program of record," meaning it was approved as an official weapon assigned to units long-term.


  5. #145

    Published: Tuesday, 07 February 2017 10:01

    Konsberg from Norway will deliver Protector RWS Remote Weapon Station to Switzerland.

    The Norwegian Company KONGSBERG has signed a new contracts for the delivery of PROTECTOR RWS (Remote Weapon Station) for Swiss Army. The remote weapon system that will be delivered to Switzerland is an updated configuration with new advanced capabilities for new platforms.

    Konsberg Protector RWS (Remote Weapon Station) armed with 12.7mm machine gun.

    “KONGSBERG has delivered PROTECTOR remote weapon systems to Switzerland since 2007. This configuration is the result of a close cooperation with the customer to develop the system for a new generation of platforms,” says Espen Henriksen, President of Kongsberg Protech Systems.

    The PROTECTOR RWS protects military troops by allowing the vehicle's weapons to be operated from a protected position inside the vehicle. As of today, PROTECTOR has been chosen by 18 nations and KONGSBERG is the world’s leading provider of remote weapon systems.

    The PROTECTOR Remote Weapon Station is a remotely controlled weapons station (RWS) that can be mounted to vehicles and stationary platforms. It is manufactured by the Norwegian Company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace.

    The PROTECTOR is a family of Remote Weapon Stations suitable for any mission whether on land or at sea, on mobile or static platforms for remote operation of payloads ranging from small caliber weapons to medium caliber automatic cannons. The system is modular, and all of the different variants of the PROTECTOR RWS share the same baseline technology.

    The PROTECTOR RWS capabilities allow soldiers to operate from a protected position using stabilized precision optics and laser to observe, detect and engage targets with increased accuracy and reduced collateral damage.

    The feature of the PROTECTOR’s aim and fire function is the Detached Line of Sight. It enables the gunner to keep his sights on target, independent of the ballistic solution for the weapon and ammunition in use.

  6. #146

    Orbital ATK Demonstrates Advanced Gun Systems and Ammunition Capabilities at Bushmaster User Conference

    (Source: Orbital ATK; issued Feb 09, 2017)

    The M230 Link Fed Bushmaster Chain Gun was integrated on to weapons stations from Kongsberg and EOS. The remote weapons stations were installed on both the Oshkosh JLTV and a Land Cruiser – showing the flexibility of a lightweight but capable chain gun on differing vehicles. (ATK photo)

    DULLES, Va. --- Orbital ATK recently wrapped up its second Bushmaster User Conference, hosting more than 150 U.S. and international customers and industry partners representing about 25 countries. The highlight of the three-day event was a series of the live-fire product demonstration, including the company’s first products resulting from its advanced ammunition R&D program.

    Customers gathered at Big Sandy Range in northwest Arizona to observe a variety of the company’s Bushmaster Chain Guns and automatic cannons firing ammunition ranging from 7.62mm, 25mm and 30mm to the company’s newly-developed advanced 40mm family. The event demonstrated the effectiveness of the gun systems and related ammunition in defeating a wide range of battlefield threats through the engagement of a diverse target set including light armor, reinforced concrete structures, trench systems, and brick and mortar walls found in today’s operational environment.

    Orbital ATK showcased the early results of its multi-step growth initiative to develop advanced high-precision medium-caliber ammunition. Customers in attendance witnessed the first public demonstration of the reliability and effectiveness of the company’s MK44 chain gun engaging an array of defilade targets with its new 40mm air-bursting ammunition. The next steps in Orbital ATK’s advanced ammunition initiative, to be developed over the next two years, will include the introduction of proximity fuzing and precision command guidance into medium-caliber rounds.

    “This key event brings customers and products together in a live-fire demonstration to showcase the effectiveness, reliability and safety of Orbital ATK’s Bushmaster Chain Gun line and ammunition suite,” said Dan Olson, Vice President and General Manager of the Armament Systems Division of the Defense Systems Group. “This yearly event has been very successful in terms of attendance, integration of industry partner vehicles and weapons stations, and the ability to showcase our new products.”

    The centerpiece of the demonstration was Orbital ATK’s 30mm Bushmaster Chain Gun, upgunned to a 40mm configuration, firing the company’s new 40mm programmable air-bursting munitions. The company also showcased its M230 Link Fed chain gun and 30 mm x 113mm ammunition firing from a variety of light tactical vehicles. Also fired was the 25mm M242 chain gun from the MK38 naval mount.

    During this year’s live-fire demonstration, Orbital ATK publicly demonstrated for the first time its common fuze approach. The development of a standard ammunition fuze creates commonality across multiple round types and offers greater reliability and economies of scale in production that are beneficial to our customers.

    The advanced capabilities displayed during the live fire demonstration will appear on upcoming episodes of “GunnyTime with R. Lee Ermey” beginning summer of 2017 on Outdoor Channel.

    Companies supporting the Bushmaster User Conference included BAE Systems, EOS, General Dynamics Land Systems, Kongsberg, Nobles Worldwide, Oshkosh, Pratt & Miller and U.S. Ordnance, who provided vehicles, turrets, weapons stations, gun mounts and small caliber weapons for the event.

    Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies. The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK employs approximately 12,000 people in 18 states across the U.S. and in several international locations.


  7. #147

    Aero India 2017: BEL details RCWS for Arjun Mk II

    Jayesh Dhingra, Bangalore - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

    14 February 2017

    The RCWS that BEL has developed for the Arjun Mk II MBT. (IHS Markit/Jayesh Dhingra)

    India's Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) showcased a Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS) that it developed for the Arjun Mk II main battle tank (MBT) at Aero India 2017.

    The RCWS is armed with the 12.7 mm Russian NSVT heavy machine gun (MG), but other weapons can also be fitted, such as a 7.62 mm MG. The RCWS is designed to engage air and ground targets and is stabilised on two axes, with automated target tracking and a fire-control system.

    The ammunition box is fitted on the right side of the system and the target acquisition and tracking module is located to the left. The latter includes a day camera, thermal imager, and a laser rangefinder. The day optical sensor has a range of 4 km, while the night sight has a range of 2 km.

    The RCWS can traverse through 360° with MG elevation from -5° to 60°. The sight has freedom of movement of ±17° in azimuth. The field of view ranges from 1.4° to 28°. The system utilises 28V DC power.

    The chairman and managing director of BEL, MV Gowtama, told Jane's : "It is a versatile automatic air defence system that can be fitted on any platform and can be configured with weapons from other manufacturers. The local development of both hardware and software has been achieved with the help of MSME's [Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises]."

    The complete system weighs about 200 kg, including the weapon and ammunition. The ammunition box will contain approximately 200 rounds.
    The RCWS has received clearance for export.

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  8. #148

    Aero India 2017: BEL completes RWS for Arjun

    15th February 2017 - 13:41

    by Gordon Arthur in Bangalore

    Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) unveiled its finalised design for a remote-controlled weapon station (RWS) at Aero India 2017 in Bangalore, this weapon system being destined for the Arjun Mk II MBT.

    Trials with the new RWS - that weighs 200kg - were successfully completed late last year. A BEL spokesman said seven months were spent on development, and a further 18 months on trials.

    The RWS means tank crewmen do not need to expose themselves by leaving the safety of their tank to operate the turret-mounted weapon. It is also planned to fit the system to armoured repair and recovery versions of the Arjun.

    The Arjun Mk II is still in development by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), and no formal contract has yet been signed.

    All subsystems were developed by BEL, and the dual-axis stabilised RWS includes a day camera, thermal imager and laser rangefinder. It offers automatic target tracking, with the operator controlling the RWS via a joystick and console from inside the tank turret.

    The RWS was exhibited with a 12.7mm NSVT machine gun fitted, but the spokesman said other weapons such as those of 7.62mm calibre can be fitted too. It can be used equally well against aerial and ground targets, hence its appellation as an air defence weapon station as well as an RWS.

    The in-service Arjun Mk I has a manually operated air defence weapon, so a remote-controlled version could be retrofitted to these original Arjuns, as well as other existing platforms such as the T-90S and T-72, according to the BEL representative.
    Another option is fitting the RWS on hovercraft or fast boats belonging to the Indian Navy.

  9. #149

    Published: Sunday, 19 February 2017 18:16

    Fieldranger new family of remotely weapon stations from German Company Rheinmetall at IDEX

    At IDEX 2017, the International defence exhibition and conference in Abu Dhabi, German Company Rheinmetall is showcasing its Oerlikon Fieldranger 20, a versatile, high-precision, remotely controlled weapon station that delivers impressive firepower. Fieldranger is the first of a new family of weapon stations. These include the stabilized, fully digital Amarok for light and medium machine guns, and the Qimek for heavy machine guns, both of which are on show as well.

    Oerlikon Fieldranger 20 remotely controlled weapon station

    In developing the Oerlikon Fieldranger, Rheinmetall continues a long tradition of excellence in the field of 20mm vehicle armament. With a maximum effective range of 2,000 metres, the Oerlikon Fieldranger 20 bridges the gap between heavy machineguns and the medium-calibre main armament of modern infantry fighting vehicles.

    Forming the system’s core element is a 20mm x 128 cal. Oerlikon KAE automatic cannon. This gas-operated weapon has a maximum rate of fire of a thousand rounds per minute, but in rapid single-shot mode can operate with a programmable rate of fire between 100 and 300 rounds per minute. The ammunition is belt fed.

    A number of different service ammunition types are currently available, including AP-T (Armour Piercing-Tracer), SAPPIE-T (Semi-Armour Piercing full-calibre round with Pyrotechnically Induced Effect and Tracer) and HEI-T (High Explosive Incendiary – Tracer). Long range and strong terminal ballistic performance characterize the 20mm x 128 ammunition, whose flat trajectory results in enhanced precision and effectiveness. As a result, the Oerlikon Fieldranger 20 can effectively engage lightly armoured vehicles, field fortifications and targets in built-up terrain at ranges of up to 2,000 metres – even when it is on the move. For training purposes, TP-T (Target Practice – Tracer) ammunition is available.

    An OBA-150L electro-optical sensor unit from Rheinmetall Defence Electronics lets the system operate day and night. Likewise integrated into the weapon station is the ROSY rapid smoke/obscurant system, made by Rheinmetall Waffe Munition. It is controlled from a console in the armoured fighting compartment. Highly reliable and easy to operate, it can be readily integrated into a variety of platforms. The Oerlikon Fieldranger 20 thus lends itself especially well to the role of main armament for armoured transport vehicles and reconnaissance vehicles as well as for unmanned platforms.

  10. #150

    Published: Sunday, 19 February 2017 18:33

    First public appearance for Rheinmetall’s Remote Controlled Lightweight Missile Mount at IDEX.

    Rheinmetall’s Remote Controlled Lightweight Missile Mount is making its first public appearance at this year’s IDEX, International Defense Exhibition in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Made largely of carbon, the RCLM’s size and weight mean that it can be integrated into virtually any military vehicle, and is particularly well suited for mounting a wide range of short-range effectors.

    RCLM ( credits: Army recognition )

    For the IDEX demonstration the RCLM is equipped with a double short-range anti-tank missile-launcher and a high-energy laser (HEL) beam-forming unit.

    The RCLM can be mounted either on the roof or loading bed of even small vehicles. Its lightweight frame can nevertheless support over 100 kg of equipment, e.g. motors and electronics. In addition, it can carry a payload of up 150 kg, including the missile, launch tube and launcher. Compared to previously available missile launching devices, this represents a reduction in weight of roughly 50%.

    Remotely controlled, the RCLM can be aimed very quickly by motors that adjust the azimuth and elevation. In the standard version, the horizontal slewing range is n x 360 degrees; a simpler version has a pivoting range of +/- 170 degrees. It is powered by 24/28V alternating current in accordance with MIL-STD-1275B.

    As a standard feature, the RCLM is equipped with Rheinmetall’s SAPHIR, a third-generation FLIR sensor in the 3-5µm or 8-12µm waveband. Also included are a high-resolution CCD camera and an eye-safe laser rangefinder. However, the sensor suite can be individually configured to meet specific customer requirements. Furthermore, radio antennas and an IFF (identification, friend or foe) device can be mounted to the RCLM platform.

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