Turret Systems and Weapon Stations
Terrorism, failed states, far-flung regional conflicts and humanitarian crises: these sources of political instability pose a virulent threat to national and international security. Because non-state actors almost invariably employ the techniques and tactics of asymmetric warfare, the world’s armed forces need new capabilities in order to secure successful outcomes in modern combat situations and post-conflict scenarios. They require well-armed, highly mobile, universally deployable vehicles designed for maximum survivability. Flexible, easy-to-integrate turret systems and weapon stations are an excellent means of boosting combat effectiveness, enabling friendly forces to respond to aggression with massive firepower from the safety of an armoured fighting compartment.
Modular in concept, turret systems from Rheinmetall offer excellent crew protection. A combination of modular architecture, ease of integration and flexible armament means that they can be mounted onto practically any platform, and used in a huge variety of operational scenarios.
LANCE modular turret system
Featuring 360° armour protection, the medium-calibre LANCE modular turret system is based on a new concept and can be deployed in a wide variety of combat and security roles. Its systematic modularity enables maximum variability, combining excellent survivability with a ready upgrade capability. Innovative optronic modules assure high-precision fire control. Depending on customer requirements, and thanks to a multitude of different modules, LANCE is available either in a two-man turret configuration or as a remote control turret system.
LANCE RC turret system
The LANCE RC is a remote control, medium-calibre turret system on the cutting edge of modern military technology. Owing to its compact dimensions and low weight, it can be mounted on a variety of different platforms, including relatively lightweight wheeled vehicles. Moreover, the modular turret concept offers scope for growth throughout the product’s entire lifecycle. Even today, the basic version’s capabilities can be expanded in a number of ways: with a situational awareness system, for example, or an independent weapon station or additional commander’s sight for providing hunter-killer functionality. Importantly, the LANCE RC’s crew can reload without leaving the safety of the armoured fighting compartment. This feature is a direct response to experience gained during current deployed operations, as is the ability to fire the weapon in superelevation mode (60°).
609M weapon station with double armament
The 609M modular weapon station enables lightly armoured vehicles to defend themselves against air and ground attacks. It can be armed with two different weapon systems such as a light or heavy machinegun and an automatic grenade launcher. The crew can operate the weapons and reload without having to leave the safety of the fighting compartment. Moreover, the weapon station’s modular layout lends itself to a wide array of additional options.
Remote Controlled Weapon Stations
Rheinmetall Fieldranger® – A family of digital and stabilised platforms
The Rheinmetall Fieldranger family encompasses an impressive 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 on all types of vehicles. Also various sizes of weapons can be accommodated from small to medium calibres, including 40 mm grenade launchers. Operational 24/7, the Fieldranger family is the perfect solution for precise engagement of targets, while keeping the operator safe from enemy fire.
As an established, recognized supplier of 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.
The Fieldranger family currently includes four different weapon stations:
The Fieldranger Light weighing less than 75 kg and is designed for lightweight vehicles. It can be armed with a 5.56 mm x 45 or 7.62 mm x 51 cal. machine gun.
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 .50 cal. (12.7 mm x 99) heavy machine gun or a 40 mm automatic grenade launcher, enabling highly accurate fire even while on the move.
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 7.62 mm PECHENEG. Adaptor kits are available for other customer-specific weapons upon request.
The Fieldranger 20 is a compact and low-weight medium calibre weapon station designed for mounting on light armoured or special forces vehicles. It is designed for various applications such as security missions, fire support, and urban area combat. The Fieldranger 20 is armed with a 20 mm x 128 cal. Oerlikon-KAE automatic cannon.
Rheinmetall Fieldranger® 20 with the integrated ROSY Rapid Obscuring System
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