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  1. #101

    Published: Thursday, 02 June 2016 15:09

    Rafael Samson MLS dual weapons systems can be easily integrated to any types of combat vehicle.

    The Israeli Defense Company Rafael presents the SAMSON MLS , a remote weapon station which can be easily integrated on a variety of combat vehicle such as 4x4, 6x6, 8x8 wheeled ground platforms and tracked armoured vehicles.


    Rafael Samson MLS dual remote weapon system at KADEX 2016, Kazakhstan Defense Exhibition in Astana.

    The Samson MLS is armed with dual weapons which can include 7.62 mm or 12.7mm machine gun and two launcher tubes for anti-tank guide missile Spike. The turret can be easily integrated to any types of combat vehicle to replace old manual turret and increase the protection for the gunner.

    The weapon station can be armed with one NATO standard 12.7 mm heavy machine gun or Russian-made KPVT 14.5 mm machine gun. The Samson MLS can includes a full range of additional accessories such as laser range finder, target tracking, advanced fire control, electrical remote cocking and round counter.
    The turret Samson Family is offered in six land configurations and two naval configurations. Samson RWS (Remotely Weapon Station) support diverse, interchangeable weapons and sensors including 5.56/7.62/12.7 mm machine guns, 40 mm automatic grenade launchers, anti-tank missiles, observation pods, and non lethal capabilities.

    Deployed in over 25 countries under rigorous combat and environmental conditions, these robust weapon stations are a dependable force multiplier and trusted partner for the most challenging missions.

    Battle-proven land applications include thousands of RWS for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the Czech Republic Army, the UK Royal Armed Forces, and many others. Rafael is currently the sole supplier of RWS to the IDF.

  2. #102

    Kongsberg's Protector RWS - Highlighting Javelin Missile Capabilities At Eurosatory 2016

    (Source: Kongsberg A/S; issued June 14, 2016)



    KONGSBERG recently delivered a fully configurable, dual-weapon system that includes a 12,7mm or 40mm AGL as the main weapon and an integrated 7,62mm or Javelin as the coaxial weapon. The system design enables configurability on a mission to mission basis for maximum flexibility.

    Supporting the growing interest in an integrated ATGM capability, the UK’s Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU) successfully conducted a Javelin missile trial leveraging a fully integrated missile on the M151 Protector RWS. The firing trials were also supported by KONGSBERG and the Javelin Joint Venture (JJV) program.

    In all, ATDU fired five Javelin missiles from the M151 Protector whilst mounted to UK MOD armoured vehicle known as a Spartan. The Firing Trials included the firing of three Block 0 missiles at ranges of 1500, 2500, and 3200 metres and two Block 1 missiles at ranges of 3500 and 4300 metres. All five missiles struck the designated targets, including the engagement that was defined at 4300 metres – one of the longest Javelin engagement distances trialed to date.

    - Being the number one supplier of remote weapon systems in the world, we always strive to offer our users the best product. With continuous developments and innovations, we provide added capabilities that support the missions of the soldiers out in the field. We see an increased demand for add-ons and solutions like the Javelin integration, and we are very satisfied with the excellent test results, says Espen Henriksen, President Kongsberg Protech Systems.

    The flexibility and growth potential in the Protector RWS ensures that the systems are able to be successfully tailored and modified to support the needs of the warfighters in today’s ever-changing world.

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  3. #103

    Eurosatory 2016: KMW launches new FLW500 weapon station

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

    17 June 2016


    Latest Krauss-Maffei Wegmann FLW500 RWS armed with Orbital ATK Armament Systems 30 mm M230LF cannon but without the 7.62 mm machine gun fitted. Source: Christopher F Foss

    Krauss-Maffei Wegmann has launched the FLW500, which is the latest entry to its FLW family of remote weapon stations (RWS) at Eurosatory 2016.

    The latest FLW500 has a typical weight of 500 kg above the deck but this depends on the type of weapons fitted and associated ammunition supply.

    The version being shown at the exhibition is armed with the Orbital ATK Armament Systems 30 mm M230LF dual-feed low-recoil weapon that is provided with 150 rounds of ready to use ammunition.

    A co-axial 7.62 mm FN-MAG machine gun (MG) is provided with 250 rounds of ready use ammunition.

    The weapons are fully stabilised with the mount featuring electric traverse through 360° and elevation from -10 to 50°.

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  4. #104

    Nexter Systems develops new 40 mm turret family

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

    21 June 2016


    Nexter Systems T40M two-person turret installed on the Nexter Systems VBCI-2 8x8 IFV for firing and mobility trials in France and the Middle East. This is fitted with a roof-mounted RWS armed with a 7.62 mm MG. Source: Christopher F Foss

    Key Points

    • Nexter systems has developed manned and unmanned turrets outfitted with the 40 mm Case Telescoped Cannon System
    • The 40 mm CTCS has already been selected for the UK Ajax reconnaissance vehicle and Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme, as well as the French Army's Jaguar reconnaissance vehicle

    Nexter Systems has developed the 40 CTA series of turrets which are armed with the CTA International 40 mm Cased Telescoped Cannon System (CTCS), using internal research and development funding.

    The unmanned 40 CTA turret weighs around 2,900 kg with no hull intrusion and is provided with 60 rounds of ready to use ammunition.

    The secondary armament configuration depends on the customer but can include a roof mounted 7.62 mm or 12.7 mm machine gun (MG) installed in a remote weapon station (RWS) and a single anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) mounted externally on either side of the turret.

    The latter could be the latest French MBDA MMP which will be installed in a two-missile pod on the right side of the Jaguar's two person turret. Other ATGW options include the US Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin or even the Russian KBP Instrument Design Bureau Kornet-E.

    Turret traverse and weapon elevation is all electric with traverse through a full 360° at a maximum of 60°/s and elevation from -10 to 45° which makes it particularly useful for urban operations.

    The weapons can be aimed by the gunner using a flat panel display and associated controls, taking in information from the roof mounted stabilised sighting system which includes day/thermal sights and a laser rangefinder.

    There are a number of sighting system options including those supplied by Leonardo, Safran and Thales. These have a typical detection range of up to 4,800 m with a positive target identification range of up to 3,000 m, but this depends on ambient weather conditions.

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  5. #105

    Rheinmetall unveils new lightweight missile launcher

    Robin Hughes, London - IHS Jane's Missiles & Rockets

    05 July 2016

    Key Points

    • All-carbon launcher base weighs 19 kg
    • Final development expected in 18-24 months



    Rheinmetall is developing a new lightweight remote-controlled missile launcher designed to equip a range of 4 x 4 and 6 x 6 tactical mobility vehicles with a short-range surface-to-air or surface-to-surface ready-to-fire capability.

    Designed to reduce the weight burden on, and be easily integrated with, forward deployed tactical platforms in an air defence/strike role, the Remote Control Lightweight Missile Mount (abbreviated as RCLM) features an all-carbon lightweight frame, weighing some 19 kg. This frame supports an RCLM base platform, including motors and electronics package to weights of between 100 kg and 140 kg.

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  6. #106

    Expanded article.............

    Rheinmetall unveils new lightweight missile launcher

    Robin Hughes, London - IHS Jane's Missiles & Rockets

    05 July 2016


    Rheinmetall's RCLM demonstrator displayed at Eurosatory 2016. Source: R Hughes

    Key Points

    • All-carbon launcher base weighs 19 kg
    • Final development expected in 18-24 months

    Rheinmetall is developing a new lightweight remote-controlled missile launcher designed to equip a range of 4x4 and 6x6 tactical mobility vehicles with a short-range surface-to-air or surface-to-surface ready-to-fire capability.

    Designed to reduce the weight burden on, and be easily integrated with, forward deployed tactical platforms in an air defence/strike role, the Remote Control Lightweight Missile Mount (abbreviated as RCLM) features an all-carbon lightweight frame, weighing some 19 kg. This frame supports an RCLM base platform, including motors and electronics package to weights of between 100 kg and 140 kg. In addition, the RCLM frame and base platform can support a mission payload of up to 150 kg - including missiles (numbers depending on size of the missile, and weight of the maximum payload), launcher, launch tubes, and sensor package.

    "Compared to previously available vehicle-mounted missile launching system, this represents a reduction in weight in the order of some 50%," Johannes Höeggemeier, vice-president for sales, Stabilized Platforms in Rheinmetall's Mission Equipment business unit told IHS Jane's .

    The RCLM system is not committed to any specific missile or missile producer, Höeggemeier said. "The new launcher can integrate a variety of surface-to-air and surface-to-surface effectors - examples include the [Raytheon FIM-92] Stinger and [MBDA] Mistral in the surface-to-air role, and the [MBDA KFK] Enforcer, [Rafael Advanced Defence Systems] Spike SR, or even the [MBDA] MMP [Missile Moyenne Portée]." Höeggemeier said the RCLM launcher could be configured for four or six effectors, depending on customer requirement.

    Powered by a 24/28V direct current in accordance with MIL-STD-1275B, the RCLM - which can be mounted either on the roof or the loading bed of smaller vehicles - is operated from within the vehicle. Roof-mounted radio antennae and/or an IFF (identification, friend or foe) sensor can also be integrated as part of the RCLM package.

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  7. #107

    Published: Monday, 04 July 2016 12:47

    Slovenian company Valhalla develops new Remote Control Weapon Station for Russian T-72 tanks

    Valhalla, a Slovenian company has developed a new remote controlled weapon station (RCWS) intended for the upgrade of Soviet/Russian-originated T-72 main battle tanks (MBT), according to the company`s press department.


    The Odin 57 RCWS (Photo Valhalla)

    "Odin 570 RCWS is armed with 57 mm L/70 automatic cannon developed by BAE Systems AB (Bofors AB). The gun has an ammunition load of 100 57x438 mm rounds. Its elevation angles are between -10 ° and +60°. The station has received the coaxial 5.56 mm and anti-aircraft 7.62 mm machineguns. Each machinegun has an ammunition load of 2,000 rounds. Odin 570 has a traverse of 360°", a Valhalla`s official said. The module was unveiled at the Eurosatory 2016 defense show in Paris.

    The company offers the upgrade of T-72 MBTs with Odin 570 RCWS. The modified vehicle is designated as HFV (Heavy Fighting Vehicle). It requires a crew of three tankers, including commander, driver and gunner. Their seats are located in the front of the HFV`s hull. The additional 57x438mm rounds are stored in the vehicle.

    Bofors 57 mm L/70 gun was originally intended for naval ships. It has a length of 4,345 mm, a firing rate of 200 rounds per minute, an effective firing range of 8,500 m, a maximum firing range of 17,000 m and a muzzle velocity of 1,035 m/s. The gun is equipped with electronic firing device, stabilizer and gyro-stabilized sighting system. BAE Systems AB has developed an innovative 3P unified programmable ammunition for elimination of all types of targets on the modern battlefield. The round has three proximity fusing modes. The time, impact and armour-penetrating functions can be easily adjusted. Hence, the gun rapidly switches between aerial, land and naval targets. BAE Systems AB unveiled the 3P round in 2006.

    The company is developing new munitions for 57 mm gun. In 2015, BAE demonstrated a new 57x348mm guided round designated as Mk.295 Mod 1 ORKA (Ordnance for Rapid Kill of Attack Craft). The round has received new multi-mode laser-designated semi-active seeker, retaining 3P fusing modes. In December 2015, the US Navy`s official spokeperson announced that the service had started the development of its own 57x348mm round intended for LCS (Littoral Combat Ship) vessels.

    Valhalla does not specify the level of Odin 570 protection. The module seems to be armoured at Level 4 (K) STANAG 4569 (all-round protection against 14.5 mm armour-piercing bullets at 20 m distance).

    Valhalla offers two T-72 upgrade options along with Odin 570. The first variant includes the installation of Magni unmanned module in the rear part of a tank`s turret. Magni is armed with small-caliber chain gun (ATK Bushmaster 25 mm, Rheinmetall Rh 202 20 mm or 2A14 23 mm) and a 30 mm/40 mm automatic grenade launcher (AGL). The second variant comprises Baldr RCWS with medium-caliber automatic cannon (2A42 30 mm or Rheinmetall 30 mm Mk.30-2).

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  8. #108

    Closer image..................



    Fitted to an IFV/APC..................in this case a PUMA.............



    The company can be found here:

    http://www.valhalla-turrets.com/

    They have an interesting selection...............
    Last edited by buglerbilly; 06-07-16 at 12:39 PM.

  9. #109

    Quote Originally Posted by buglerbilly View Post
    Closer image..................



    Fitted to an IFV/APC..................in this case a PUMA.............

    The stakes for IFVs and APCs seem to keep rising.
    This is a marked increase in lethality for such vehicles over the 30mm proposals being currently offered.
    Not too long ago 30mm was considered to be a significant up-gunning compared to the 25mm canons in widespread use. We have seen 30mm, 35mm 40mm CTA and now 57mm on offer.
    There must be a point along this path where the benefits/disadvantages start to break against higher calibres. I wonder where it will be reached.
    MB

  10. #110

    Quote Originally Posted by Milne Bay View Post
    The stakes for IFVs and APCs seem to keep rising.
    This is a marked increase in lethality for such vehicles over the 30mm proposals being currently offered.
    Not too long ago 30mm was considered to be a significant up-gunning compared to the 25mm canons in widespread use. We have seen 30mm, 35mm 40mm CTA and now 57mm on offer.
    There must be a point along this path where the benefits/disadvantages start to break against higher calibres. I wonder where it will be reached.
    MB
    I look at this development as anti-air-more than anti-vehicle..................think UAV and combat helo's..............mind you a 57mm is pretty useful against MRAP's and softskins................
    Last edited by buglerbilly; 06-07-16 at 03:00 PM.

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