Home' Asia Pacific Defence Reporter : APDR May 2010 Contents programme. In addition, Samson was selected by the Czech army for its
Pandur APC, with 21 systems already supplied and others will follow soon.
Rafael has also developed the Mini-SAMSON RCWS . This is a lightweight
RCWS, designed for use on Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFV), tanks and
other vehicle types as well as on static border posts currently used by
the Israeli Defense Forces under a program named Sentry-Tech. The
system provides the host vehicle crew a target engagement capability with
enhanced accuracy while at the same time being protected by the vehicle’s
main armor. The MINI-SAMSON RCWS is suitable for any type of wheeled
or tracked AFV.
This system is now being evaluated for the IDF’s “Namer” heavy APC,
which is based on the chassis of the Merkava tank.
The lightest version is known as the SAMSON JUNIOR . This is an ultra-
lightweight RCWS, also designed for use on Armored Fighting Vehicles
(AFVs), tanks and numerous other types of vehicles.
The system provides the host crew target engagement capability with
enhanced accuracy while being protected by the vehicle main armor.
Rafael says that the SAMSON JUNIOR RCWS is suitable for any type of
wheeled or tracked AFV.
The SAMSON JUNIOR RCWS is actuated and controlled by an electrical
system as the main mode of operation. It can be operated manually with
head out as backup mode of operation.
Additionally, Rafael has used its vast experience with remotely controlled
systems and developed the Thor II - a vehicle mounted Directed Energy
Warfare (DEW ) system for stand-off neutralization of Improvised Explosive
Devices (IEDs), Un-Exploded Ordnance (UXO), mines and other explosive
threats, either exposed or located above ground and detected by other
The Thor II system is a Mini-Samson RCWS on which two weapons are
incorporated: a tactical High Energy Laser (HEL) and a 0.5” Machine Gun.
The Thor II system is a Mini-Samson RCWS
on which two weapons are incorporated: a
tactical High Energy Laser (HEL) and a 0.5”
Mini-Samson on an AFV
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