The UAE-based defense industrial Group EDGE has unveiled the 7IS Remote Control Weapon Station (RCWS) at the Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference (UMEX) 2022, which took place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from 21 to 23 February.
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The new 7IS Remote Control Weapon Station designed and developed by the UAE-based company EDGE. (Picture source Army Recognition)
The 7IS is a two-axis, servo-controlled, stabilized system developed by EDGE entity HALCON, and provides the operator with 360-degree coverage. The vehicle-mounted system features an optical payload with seven lenses and a weapon cradle armed with an M4 Colt 5.56mm assault rifle that has 30 and 50 round magazines, providing an immediate and effective armed response to detected threats.
The 7IS has a 360-degree rotation capacity, an elevation range of -15 degrees to 45 degrees and can traverse and elevate simultaneously to the angular positions demanded by the ground control station interface. The lightweight system weighs approximately 30kgs and requires only one remote operator. Its highly sophisticated optical sensor is equipped with a laser range finder that is accurate within fifty centimeters beyond 2,000 meters; two-day cameras; a thermal imaging system; a green visible laser pointer; an invisible laser pointer; and a spotlight that is effective up to 100 meters. The 7IS can operate in weather conditions between -5 degrees to 50 degrees Celsius.
Saeed Al Mansoori, HALCON CEO commented, “The 7IS RCWS is yet another example of the pace of development, local manufacturing prowess, and future-forward outlook of EDGE with respect to developing sophisticated sovereign capabilities. The fourth industrial revolution demands innovation that EDGE is excited to spearhead, with this latest system marking a significant achievement that adds a ground weapon to EDGE’s portfolio of precision-guided and loitering aerial munitions. It is also a testament to our investment in R&D and our capability to bring solutions, software and systems to the defence market and beyond with speed and agility.”
At UMEX 2022, the 7IS Remote Control Weapon Station (RCWS) is mounted on the Scorpio-B, and unmanned 4x4 all-terrain vehicle which was also unveiled at the UMEX 2022 exhibition by the company EDGE from United Arab Emirates.
At UMEX 2022n the 7IS Remote Control Weapon Station was mounted on the unmanned ground vehicle SCORPIO-B. (Picture source Army Recognition)