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RAFAEL REMOTE CONTROLLED WEAPON STATIONS (RCWS)
The initial concept of remote firing of weapons was born from the
operational experience of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) and has resulted
in two Israeli companies leading the world in the supply of remote
controlled weapon stations (RCWS).
Rafael Advanced Defence Systems is offering a line of these products -
namely a weapon mounted on the top of the vehicle that is automatically
controlled by gunner sitting under the deck inside protected cabin.
The remotely controlled platform developed by Rafael can handle the
same weapons that were previously carried by much bigger and heavier
Rafael has supplied various customers with weapon stations for automatic
weapons ranging in caliber from 5.56mm up to 40mm. In addition, Rafael
has gained experience in the integration of weapon systems with various
platforms - mainly armored ground vehicles, and naval combat vessels.
Some of Rafael’s customers for the land applications of the RCWS
include: Canada, Israel, the UK, Turkey, Romania, Spain and a number of
undisclosed countries. Customers for naval applications include: the USA,
Australia, Israel, New Zealand and others.
“Our long-standing expertise in weapon systems, fire control, program
scheduling and performan ce, combin ed with our rapidly growing
experience in weapon mounts development and integration offers
the Army the lowest risk, most qualified choice to provide the desired
capabilities” says Ram Fabian, director of Rafael’s Ordnance &Protection
He added that outside the United States, Rafael is the largest manufacturer
of such systems.
“So far we have sold thousands of these systems “
The SAMSON RCWS-30mm is a good example of the line of RCWS
offered by the company.
Its armament comprises a 30mm ATK MK44 automatic cannon and
a coaxial 7.62 mm M240 general-purpose machine gun (GPMG). In
addition, the SAMSON RCWS-30 can be fitted with a launcher pod for two
multi-purpose SPIKE LR guided missiles. If required, the SAMSON 30mm
system also has the provision to be fitted with Smoke Grenade Launchers
(SGL). Another application/configuration of the product is based on 2 or 3
launchers pods for multi-purpose SPIKE LR guided missiles (2 missiles in
each pod) together with a 7.62 mm M240 general-purpose machine gun
(GPMG) - for short range security – makes this a product which can hunt
and destroy enemy Main Battle Tanks.
The system provides obser vation capabilities during day & night and
accurate firing capabilities. A line-of-sight stabilization system and an
automatic target tracker for shoot-on -the-move capability enhance the
system. An integrated LRF and a powerful on-board computer enable fire
control and connectivity to any Battle Management System (BMS).
The SAMSON 30mm is an evolution of all previous Weapon Stations
developed and sold by Rafael to many customers worldwide. According
to the company, it uses proven components and technologies to provide a
technically mature system.
Ram Fabian told APDR that like all the company’s RCWS’ no deck
penetration is involved in its installation and therefore there is minimal
impact on internal space.
Rafael is now competing with Samson for the US Army’s Crows-3
Remote controlled turrets
- the Israeli solution
This highly lethal system is intended for use
on lightly armored, highly mobile fighting
Samson on a ‘Namer’ APC
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