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Behind the Crosshairs: Armoring Up with Remote Weapon Systems as the New Game Changers of Today’s Battlefield

by Saffet UYANIK

Issue 94

The Remote-Controlled Weapon Stations (RCWS) are modular weapon systems supporting small and medium caliber guns (5.56mm and 7.62mm), machine guns (12.7mm), automatic grenade launchers, and anti-tank missile launchers. These systems can be mounted on a wide range of land platforms ranging from lightweight vehicles to heavy armored fighting vehicles. Remote controlled systems allow the vehicle crew to operate the RCWS completely under armor, minimizing the probability of casualties. Remote weapon systems are equipped with powerful thermal and daylight cameras with high magnification and features gyro-stabilization for accurate on-the-move engagements. These features make the RCWS exceptionally suitable for urban warfare such as the military operations conducted by US forces in Iraq or mountainous regions such as Afghanistan.

The idea of a turret-mounted, remote weapons systems on vehicular platforms has increased tremendously over the last decade. RCWS is one of the most significant new weapons to appear in today’s battlefield. Although the RCWS were a bit impractical when they were first introduced, they become a real lifesaver in a noticeably short amount of time. Before the introduction of RCWS turret gunners made up a considerable number of combat casualties. Without RCWS turret gunners, crews were too exposed to the attacks of adversaries. The need for a remote-control gun turret that worked effectively, dependably, and affordably emerged due to asymmetrical warfare tactics that conventional militaries are facing now, such as what was experienced of the United States in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF-Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF-Iraq). The rise of global terrorism, resurging regional conflicts, and humanitarian crises and the following political instability began to pose a virulent threat to national and international security. Because non-state actors almost invariably employ the techniques and tactics of asymmetric warfare, conventional forces need new capabilities to become successful in modern combat situations and post-conflict scenarios. This need is an extension of the armoring up and slimming down argument. As conventional militaries face more and more insurgent groups that know the local battlefield much better, this puts them at the mercy of these groups which have the luxury of setting up ambushes for vulnerable conventional forces. Countering these threats and gaining the upper hand, again, especially in a COIN fight, have made RCWS widespread and an essential part of counterinsurgency.

Since 2004 various countries developed Remote Control Weapon Stations (RCWS) to bolster their military capabilities and to bolster their troops in many conflicts around the world. Among these, the United States operates the largest fleet of multiple versions of vehicle-mounted remote weapon systems with over 11,000 units fielded around the globe. As technology advanced over 25 countries from Western Europe to the East, Asia has also followed this new trend and introduced their unique solutions.

Kongsberg PROTECTOR - The Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS)

The Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS) is a remote weapon station system used by the US military on its armored vehicles. The CROWS program began as an effort to quickly equip troops in Iraq with a highly accurate weapon system equipped with advanced sensors. The US military currently operates the M101 CROWS and M153 CROWS-II systems. The system allows operators to engage targets without leaving the protection of their vehicle. It is designed to replace the turret gunner on Humvees to improve combat effectiveness and it can be mounted on a variety of vehicle platforms. The CROWS system supports the 5.56mm M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), 7.62mm M240B Machine Gun, 12.7mm (.50 cal) M2 Machine Gun, and the 40mm the Mk 19 Grenade Launcher. The system is composed of a mount which is fixed to the exterior of the vehicle and the remote-control group. The gyro-stabilized mount is capable of a continuous 360° azimuth rotation and -20° to +60° elevation movement. The system incorporates a daylight video camera (3x, 15x, and 30x magnification) and a thermal camera (4.3x and 12.5x magnification). Both cameras use an eye-safe laser rangefinder, which allows the gunner to zoom in on targets. The sight systems can also identify targets up to 1,500 meters away. 

The mount can absorb about 85% of weapon recoil and features a fully integrated fire control system that provides ballistic correction. This allows the gunner to see the threats around the vehicle and acquire and engage targets moving at 40 km/h (25 mph) with an estimated 95% accuracy rate while the vehicle is in motion. The cameras and the weapon on the system can also be used together or separately. The operator can scan an area while the weapon is pointed to another direction. This feature is especially used when observing a suspicious situation from a distance. The control group mounts inside the vehicle and includes a 15-inch color monitor with live video from cameras, switches, and a joystick with an armrest for additional comfort and reduced fatigue during prolonged operations. The gun itself is controlled by a joystick which provides the gunner with full remote control of the weapon system, allowing the operator to control the weapon with just one hand. The weight of the weapon station varies depending on different armament modules. The M101 CROWS weights 135 kg (298 lb.) and the M153 CROWS-II weights 172 kg (379 lb.). Both systems can carry 96 rounds for the Mk 19,400 rounds for the M2, 1,000 rounds for the M240B, and 1,600 rounds for the M249. Each CROWS cost $190,000.

M101 CROWS: The first group of CROWS was developed in conjunction with Recon Optical, Inc. (ROI) based in Barrington, Illinois. The US Army fielded 35 Recon Optical RAVEN R-400 RWS systems in early 2005 in Iraq and over 300 additional units by the end of 2006.

M153 CROWS-II: In 2007, Norwegian defence contractor Kongsberg Protech Systems won the US$ 1 Billion CROWS II contract for the delivery of up to 6,500 CROWS systems to the US Army. The M151 PROTECTOR CROWS II is an improved variant of their PROTECTOR RCWS used on the Stryker M1126 Infantry Carrier Vehicle. As of February 2011, the US military has invested over $2 billion in production and has ordered over 11,000 systems for all services. 

The US military uses more than a thousand M153 CROWS-II systems. The system has employed M1114 and M1116 up-armored HMMWVs, M93A1P1 nuclear, biological, chemical reconnaissance vehicles, Buffalo MRVs, RG-31 Nyalas, RG-33s, variants of the 8×8 M1126 Stryker wheeled APCs, Oshkosh M-ATVs, JERRVs, Caiman and MaxxPro MRAPs, and variants of the M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks.

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann - FLW Series

The Fernbedienbare leichte Waffenstation (remotely operated light weapon station) is a family of remote weapon stations produced by the German defence company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann. KMW initiated the development of the FLW Series in the mid-2000s to meet the requirements of the German Army Bundeswehr. The system can automatically detect fitted weapons with calibers of 5.56mm, 7.62mm, 12.7mm, and 40mm via a standardized interface after replacement and the weapon station adapts it’s the ballistic tables in the fire computer accordingly. None of the three versions require penetration of the vehicle roof, which allows easier retrofitting of older vehicles with an FLW weapon station. The same weapon station, for example, can be moved from an MBT to a light patrol vehicle. All versions of the FLW feature electronic dual-axis stabilization, and both the weapon and the optics can be stabilized separately. Modular electro-optical sensor systems provide field surveillance and target acquisition by day, night or under poor visibility. 

The system comprises a high-resolution CCD color camera with zoom, a powerful thermal imaging device (cooled or non-cooled), and a laser rangefinder. The FLW is operated from the inside of the vehicle and the operator can scan the surrounding area through the video feed of the thermal imager or the daylight camera on a 12-inch color screen. A multi-position operation capability was being implemented in 2013, which allows the output of the sensors to be shared on multiple screens, allowing more than one soldier to observe the area with the FLW’s optics and to operate the weapon station. The high elevation aiming angle of the FLW 100 and the FLW 200 from -15° to +70° offers distinct advantages for urban combat and operations in mountainous terrains. The combination of highly advanced electro-optical sensors and stabilization guarantee a fast and precise reaction to threats, even when driving. The ammunition load depends on the armament and the loaded ammunition, while the E/O systems are fitted according to the customers’ needs. The German Army has chosen the Rheinmetall LAZ 200 and LAZ 400L E/O systems for the FLW series. Both systems feature a thermal imager, a high-resolution day CCD camera, and a laser rangefinder. The LAZ 400L has an eye-safe laser rangefinder and a cooled thermal imager. Future improvements might include a counter for the available ammunition, an automatic cleaning system for the optics and the integration of networking with a battlefield management system and warning sensors. Additionally, the FLW remote weapon stations allow the adaption of ballistic armor protection and, command and simulation systems. A scan mode and new sensors (like a sniper detection system) can be integrated as well. 

The Development of the FLW 100 series started in the mid-2000s. The slightly larger FLW 200 with greater weapon compatibility was designed shortly after. In 2008 the initial 230 light FLW 100 and 190 heavy FLW 200 weapon stations were delivered to the German Federal Office for Defence Technology and Procurement. Currently, KMW offers three versions of the FLW weapon stations, the FLW 100 for light vehicles, the larger FLW 200 and the heavy FLW 200+.

FLW 100: The FLW 100 is the lightest version of the FLW family with a weight of only 80 kilograms (180 lb.) without ammunition and gun. FLW 100 does not require roof penetration of the vehicle. The FLW 100 has a maximum gun depression of -15° and a maximum elevation of +75°. It can be armed with a single 5.56 mm or 7.62 mm machine gun and is intended for combat ranges up to 1,000 meters (3,300 ft). The electro-optics of the FLW 100 are in a container mounted behind the ammo box, located left of the gun. The sensors include a CCD color camera with x10 magnification, which offers an identification range of up to 1.5 kilometers (0.93 mi), and an uncooled thermal imager with a 640x480 resolution. The identification range of the thermal imager is 1 kilometer (0.62 mi). For self-protection and non-lethal combat, the FLW 100 can be fitted with the Wegmann 40 mm protection system.

FLW 200: In comparison to the FLW 100, the FLW 200 is heavier and has a slightly lower maximum elevation of only 70°. It is also heavier, weighing about 160 kilograms (350 lb.) without weapons and ammunition. However, unlike the smaller predecessor, the FLW 200 can be fitted with a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun, such as the M2 Browning, or with a 40 mm automatic grenade launcher. In the case of the German Army, the 40 mm GMW from Heckler & Koch is the preferred grenade launcher, while the M2 HMG or the new Rheinmetall RMG.50 are used as machine guns. The FLW 200 can hold either 100 or 200 rounds of 12.7 mm ammunition, depending on the size of the ammo box. For the 40 mm launcher, only a container for a total of 32 grenades is available. The heavier armament compared to the FLW 100 results in a combat range of up to 2,000 meters (6,600 ft). The electro-optics of the FLW 200 are in a container mounted at the right side of the gun, whereas the ammo box is located on the left side. The electro-optics include a color CCD camera with x10 magnification and a thermal imager, which is cooled unlike the one of the FLW 100. This increases identification range to 2 kilometers (1.2 mi). The FLW 200 can be fitted with six 76 mm Wegmann smoke grenade dischargers for additional self-protection of the vehicle. In 2013, the electrically driven Rheinmetall RMG.50 was being qualified for the FLW 200.

FLW 200Plus: The FLW 200+ (FLW 200Plus) was first revealed at Eurosatory 2012. It is a modified version of the FLW 200, designed to handle even larger weaponry such as autocannons up to the 20 mm caliber. In the case of the prototypes, the FLW 200+ has always been presented with a Rheinmetall Rh 202 gun. The FLW 200+ was demonstrated on a GTK Boxer and a PMMC G5 from German FFG. The FLW 200+ is intended as a simple replacement and upgrade of the original FLW 200. None of the mechanical and electronic interfaces has been altered, making it backward compatible for upgrading vehicles fitted with the previous version. The FLW 200+ weights 475 kilograms (1,047 lb.) when fitted with the Rh 202 autocannon and 100 rounds of ammunition. The Rh 202 has a dual-feed mechanism, that allows the usage of 100 rounds of one type and 30 rounds of another type at the same time, with the possibility of switching the selected ammo type in between the shots. Compared to the FLW 200 the elevation arc has decreased to a maximum elevation of only +50°. The maximum depression of -15° stayed the same. The FLW 200+’s optics include a color CCD camera with x10 magnification and a cooled 640x480 thermal imager with two different fields-of-view, providing an identification range of over 2 kilometers (1.2 mi).

German Army Bundeswehr ordered more than 980 FLW 100 and FLW 200 remote weapon stations between 2008 and 2013. The FLW 100 and the FLW 200 have been fitted to versions of the Dingo 1 and 2, the upgraded Fuchs 1A8, the GTK Boxer, and Eagle. The FLW 200 was fitted to the Leopard 2 PSO and 2A7 prototypes. While the German version of the Leopard 2A7 is not fitted with an RWS, the Qatari Leopard 2A7+ tanks are fitted with the FLW 200.

Rheinmetall Fieldranger Family

The Rheinmetall Fieldranger family features an array of modular remotely controlled weapon stations (RCWS) for modern combat vehicles. Fully digital and stabilized, they are designed for use in a wide variety of missions and are compatible with all types of vehicles. With 24/7 operational capabilities, the Fieldranger family provides an extensive solution for high-precision engagement of targets while keeping the operator safe from enemy fire. The Fieldranger family currently comprises four different weapon stations. 

Fieldranger Light: Designed to be mounted on lightweight vehicles, the Fieldranger Light weighs less than 75 kg. It can be armed with a 5.56mm or 7.62mm machine guns. 

Fieldranger Multi: The Fieldranger Multi, with an empty weight of around 200 kg, is suitable for tracked and wheeled tactical vehicles. It can be fitted with a support weapon such as 12.7mm (.50 cal.) heavy machine gun or a 40mm automatic grenade launcher, enabling highly accurate fire even while on the move.

Fieldranger Dual: Designed for medium and heavyweight platforms and weighing around 260 kg, the Fieldranger Dual supports a main armament as well as a coaxial secondary weapon. The Fieldranger Dual (formerly Nanuk-Dual) is a fully stabilized weapon station with long-range day/night all-weather sights and a laser rangefinder. Its versatile weapon cradle supports two weapons simultaneously. The main weapon can be either the 12.7 mm NSV-T, the AGS 30 mm AGL, or the 12.7 mm KORD. The coaxial weapon can be either the 7.62 mm PKT or the 7.62mm PECHENEG. Adaptor kits are available for other customer-specific weapons upon request.

Fieldranger20: Finally, the Fieldranger20 is a compact and low-weight medium-caliber weapon station designed for mounting on light armored or special forces vehicles. It is designed for various applications such as security missions, fire support, and urban area combat. The Fieldranger20 is armed with a 20mm Oerlikon-KAE automatic cannon.

As an established, recognized supplier of remotely controlled weapon stations (RCWS) on the international market, Rheinmetall has integrated more than a thousand weapons stations for the Canadian Army, the French armed forces and the Belgian Army, to name but a few clients. Rheinmetall’s remotely operated weapon stations enjoy a well-earned reputation for endurance under extreme conditions, ease of use, reliability, and precision.

RAFAEL Samson (Katlanit)

The Samson Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS), also known as Katlanit is a Remote Weapon System that enables a variety of weapons to be operated automatically or by remote control, including 5.56 mm, 7.62 mm, and 12.7 mm (.50 cal.) machine guns, 40 mm automatic grenade launchers, and anti-tank missiles. Globally integrated on thousands of fielded ground and naval platforms, RAFAEL’S Samson family of advanced RWS capitalizes on a deep understanding of emerging military needs. All the RWS elements utilize more than 90% tested and qualified Manufacturer Off-the-Shelf (MOTS) hardware and software. All these allow SAMSON to secure optimal operational capabilities while minimizing risks. RAFAEL’S Samson emphasizes crew survivability and safety as well as reduced environmental emissions and a low noise level inside the crew compartment to ensure better crew workload performance. There is a total of three variants of the Samson family:

Samson Jr. LRCWS: The Samson Jr. LRCWS is a Lightweight Remotely Controlled Weapon Station, designed for use on Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) and other vehicle types in which deck load must be kept to a minimum, such as trucks, ambulances and other 4- wheeled light vehicles. Weighing 60-75 kg (132-165 lb.), the system provides the host vehicle crew defensive fire capability without compromising the vehicle’s internal space. The Samson Jr. LRCWS may host a 7.62 mm M240 General Purpose Machine Gun (NATO western standard) or 5.56mm M249 MINI-MI Machine Gun and their equivalents. Due to its size, it can also host sniper weapons and non-lethal weapons, making it suitable for paramilitary missions as well as military operations.

Samson Mini: The Samson Mini is a high-performance remote weapon station designed use on light wheeled or tracked combat vehicles, fast attack boats and other platforms requiring improved offensive capabilities. The dual-axis, gyro-stabilized Mini has a low center of gravity for stabilization and weights 140-160 kg (310-350 lb.). This single-weapon RWS accommodates a variety of armaments including a 5.56mm SAW and LMG, 7.62mm GPMG and Gatling gun, 12.7mm HMG, 14.5mm, 40mm AGL, ATGM Launcher and ASM, fed by high-capacity magazines. Supported by a ballistics-protected multi-sensor Sight Pod, with a mechanism for super-elevation ballistic angle calculations, the SAMSON Mini provides a ‘round-the-clock response to battlefield challenges. Safety-related movement and firing limitations are implemented using the ACS/FIS. The system’s highly accurate target engagement, auto-tracking capabilities, and stabilization enable superior performance under the most adverse conditions. Also, the Samson Mini’s open architecture allows for the addition of effectors, sensors, tactical information systems and the use of customer furnished equipment for an effective battlefield response.

Samson Dual: The Samson Dual remote weapon station is a robust system that can be mounted on a variety of wheeled ground platforms and tracked armored vehicles. The Samson Dual provides the simultaneous use of a wide range of main and secondary armaments as well as an optional anti-tank missile launcher, giving the Samson Dual significant capabilities for a multi-mission response. The Mk II is lighter than manned turrets and does not require penetration into the vehicle hull, saving significant interior space. The in-hull reloading system provides reliable protection while enabling the crew to continue combat under armor for maximum lethality and survivability on the open battlefield and in close urban situations.

Produced by RAFAEL with more than 40 years of experience and integrated worldwide on thousands of fielded ground platforms, SAMSON family of advanced Remote Weapon Stations delivers high performance with superior survivability. The reliable and battle-proven, SAMSON RWS has been adapted to a broad range of tracked and wheeled platforms and accommodate diverse weapons and sensors for customers in more than a dozen countries.

Burevestnik - 6S21 remote-controlled weapon stations (RCWS)

Manufactured and developed by the Russian TsNII Burevestnik scientific-research institute, 6S21 remote-controlled weapon stations (RCWS) is designed as an armament system for armored combat vehicles and other special-purpose vehicles. The system can perform reconnaissance, battlefield surveillance and target recognition using TV and IR cameras and can engage both moving and stationary targets, using 7.62mm and 12.7mm machine-guns. The indigenous RCWS can be armed with a machinegun or an automatic grenade launcher (AGL). 

The 6S21-01 RCWS is armed with a 12.7mm 6P49 Kord heavy machinegun, while the 6S21-02 and 6S21-03 armed with a 7.62mm Kalashnikov PKTM machinegun. The 6S21-01 can carry 200 rounds of 12.7x108 mm cartridges, while the 6S21-02 and 6S21-03 can carry 500 and 320 rounds of 7.62x54R mm cartridges, respectively. The 6S21-01 lacks the thermal imager that is integrated with 6S21-02 and 6S21-03 unmanned stations.

6S21 is expected to be used widely by the armed forces of the Russian Federation soon. It has already been integrated with the newest Russian armor, such as Kurangets-25 and Bumerang armored personnel carriers (APC). Burevestnik is also developing the marinized modification of 6S21. Burevestnik has developed three variants of 6S21.

Examples of Remote Weapon Systems Produced in Turkey 

Turkey is one of the leading countries in the world, which operates a large fleet of remote-controlled weapon stations. Turkish Armed Forces, Gendarmerie General Command and Turkish National Police employ a high number of RAFAEL Samson RCWS mounted on Otokar COBRA armored vehicles and over 1000 Aselsan product RCWS on various land and naval platforms. Forming the backbone of the Turkish Land Platforms/Systems sector, defence industry companies such as Aselsan, Otokar, and FNSS manufactures high-tech and reliable remote weapon stations to cater for the requirements of the Turkish security forces and the militaries of the allied nations around the world.

OTOKAR - ÜÇOK & BAŞOK

Introduced for the first time at IDEF 2015, the ÜÇOK and BAŞOK remote weapon systems are lightweight and modular turret systems which can be operated with 14.5 mm/12.7 mm/7.62 mm machine gun or 40 mm automatic grenade launcher. Both systems have an optical suite composed of thermal sight, day sight and laser range finder providing 360º situational awareness and fire zone. The gunner can monitor and control the sight system inside of the vehicle. 

ÜÇOK: The ÜÇOK Remote Control Weapon Station is a stabilized machine gun platform which can be equipped with 12.7 mm/7.62 mm machine gun or 40 mm automatic grenade launcher. The weapon station has dual axes independently driven sight which is equipped with a thermal camera, a CCD camera, and a laser range finder. Independently driven sight allows the aiming while having the super-elevation and lead angles for accurate firing. ÜÇOK RCWS has an electrical drive, automatic ballistic calculations, and a stabilization system with automatic target tracking capability. Also, it can be operated manually from outside of the vehicle. In reconnaissance mode, while the gun is stationary; the target search can be realized by using cameras independently from the gun.

BAŞOK: The BAŞOK Remote Control Weapon Station is a stabilized weapon station with a 7.62 mm machine gun which is designed for armored vehicles. The system is equipped with a CCD day camera and variable beam width projector along with the gun. BAŞOK has an electrical drive and stabilization system and capable of ballistic correction via stadiametric range determining system. BAŞOK can be operated manually on top of the vehicle.

FNSS - Armored Remote Weapon System (ARWS)

FNSS exhibited the Remote-Controlled Weapon System ARWS (Armored Remote Weapon System), for the first time at IDEF ‘19. The qualification process of the system was successfully completed in December 2018 and mass production of the ARWS system has started. The first customer of the system is a foreign user. Remote-controlled weapon systems, which are fielded extensively by the armed forces around the world, provide personnel safety thanks to their unmanned nature and the significantly increased hit rate with their firing control systems. FNSS states especially the military operations in urban areas clearly show that having ballistic protection is a critical necessity for these systems. Because these systems can be targeted by enemy fire or damaged by the debris and fragments in conflict zones and become unable to perform their functions. When faced with a similar situation, ARWS can continue its missions with high reliability thanks to its NATO STANAG 4569 Level 2 ballistic protection.

The ARWS system can be equipped with an M2 12.7 mm/.50 caliber machine gun, Mk19 40 mm automatic grenade launcher, M240 7.62 mm machine gun or FN MAG58 7.62 mm machine gun. ARWS can carry 300 12.7 mm bullets, 750 7.62 mm bullets, or 64 40 mm grenades. The system can be integrated into different types of vehicles, from 4x4 vehicles to main battle tanks. The system is capable of continuous 360° azimuth rotation and -20° to +60° elevation movement. The ARWS is also equipped with an uncooled thermal camera and high-resolution daylight camera.

FNSS entered the remote-controlled weapon station market, where there are plenty of alternatives, with an innovative solution, the ARWS. As stated by the company, FNSS received feedback from its users before developing the ARWS. FNSS analyzed the existing solutions in the market beforehand to see the extent of the requirements and came up with a system that features superior ballistic protection characteristics compared to other systems.

Aselsan – STAMP & SARP FAMILY

Globally integrated more than 1000 of fielded naval and ground platforms, Aselsan’s Remote Controlled Weapon systems are developed to meet the emerging requirements of modern armies. RCWS are primarily designed for use on naval platforms, armored military vehicles, 4x4 armored vehicles, armored patrol vehicles as well as for stationary use to serve for the defence of strategic assets according to tactical requirements. Deployed in Turkey and many countries abroad under adverse environmental and combat conditions, these robust weapon systems have high first-hit accuracy and auto-tracking capability for accurate shooting on-the-move. High stabilization performance and auto-tracking capability allow the gunner to keep his sights on target on-the-move. Additionally, RCWS family has automatic ballistic correction capability for the target distance, target speed, and route, meteorological conditions and ammunition type. The Aselsan RCWS family maximizes personnel security by utilizing computer-aided remote control. 

STAMP: STAMP is a remotely operated stabilized weapon station for small caliber guns. STAMP can be fitted with either a 12.7 mm Machine Gun or a 12.7mm GA-19/A Gatling Gun or a 7.62 mm Machine Gun or a 40 mm Grenade Launcher. STAMP configurations incorporate advanced features, such as remote operation, built-in electro-optic sensor system, day and night operation, automatic target tracking (detect, track and fire on the move) stabilized turret and ballistic computation. The infrared and daylight TV cameras of the system enable detection and recognition of targets that would not be possible with the naked eye. The system is capable of ballistic calculation and automatically tracking the targets and enabling a high hit probability by accurate firings. The STAMP System has a stabilized turret which always enables the line-of-sight of the gun to be aimed at the target. Due to the stabilization feature, the system can perform precise firings against stationary or moving targets while the platform is on-the-move. The system can be operated remotely by using the remote gun control unit and hence provides gunner protection against counter fire. The system has additional features of defining firing zones both in azimuth and elevation. STAMP System has a modular structure enabling easy installation on various naval platforms for asymmetric warfare and coastal defence.

STOP 25: STOP is a new generation, cost-effective, medium caliber weapon system for naval platforms fitted with 25mm KBA or 25mm M242 Bushmaster Automatic Cannon. The system provides a lightweight, versatile and effective means of force protection for applications ranging from capital ships to patrol craft. The 25mm automatic gun has a single barrel with dual ammunition feeding. The optional High Accuracy Stabilized Gimbal (HASG) which can rotate in elevation and azimuth axes relative to turret can be integrated into the system. STOP has exceptionally high hit-and-kill probability with impressive firepower comprising of a two-axis stabilized turret containing an electro-optical sensor suite and fire-control software. STOP can acquire targets and engaging them autonomously either via the ship’s Combat Management System or by use of own sensors. The optical sensor suite of STOP provides enhanced situational awareness and the ability to identify threats day or night, in all weather conditions. The high accuracy of STOP is achieved by using sophisticated stabilization algorithms and powerful servo drive/control system in both traverse and elevation enabling precision engagement on the target and fire execution under the coordination of a state-of-the-art fire control computer. STOP can detect, identify, deter, engage and destroy threats with a versatile sensors-weapon combination situated on a fully stabilized turret that can be operated from a remote control console Latest technology fire control capability enables STOP to auto-track a moving target while the carrier platform is stationary or moving.

SARP: SARP is a remotely operated stabilized weapon platform 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. Through its extensive surveillance and remote-control capabilities, SARP enhances situational awareness of the gunner in his proximity while the vulnerability to attacks is decreased drastically. Depending on the operational requirements, SARP can be equipped with a 12.7mm machine gun, 40mm automatic grenade launcher or 7.62mm machine gun. 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.

SARP-L: SARP-L is a lightweight (less than 80 kg) and remotely operated stabilized weapon platform for low recoil weapons and provides exceptional capabilities against asymmetric threats. The platform combines high-precision reconnaissance with effective firepower while keeping the operator safe under armor. Depending on the operational requirements a 5.56 mm or a 7.62 mm machine gun can be interchangeably mounted to SARP-L Turret.

SARP-DUAL: The SARP-DUAL is an extension of the existing Remote Weapon Station Family which includes the use of two coaxial weapons. Depending on the operational requirements, SARP-DUAL can be equipped with 7.62mm machine gun, 12.7mm machine gun or 40mm automatic grenade launcher as the primary weapon, and 7.62mm machine gun as the secondary weapon. 

These systems allow soldiers to conduct operations during day and night under adverse environmental and terrain conditions with the help of the electro-optic sensors. RCWS is designed in compliance with military standards for both ground and marine applications including salt fog, temperature, humidity, etc. In close cooperation with defence forces worldwide, Aselsan RCWS is a mature and qualified product based on operational experience in combat zones