Analysis: Top most modern Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station


Analysis and technical review about the most modern Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station or Remotely Controlled Operated Weapon Station available on the current military market by Army Recognition editorial team.


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Analysis top most modern Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station on the current military market (Picture source Army Recognition)


A remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS), or remote weapon station (RWS), also known as a remote weapon system, (RWS) is a remotely operated weaponized system often equipped with a fire-control system for light and medium-caliber weapons which can be installed on ground combat vehicle or sea- and air-based combat platforms. The Naval RWS is especially developed and designed to be used on sea conditions and can be mounted on ships or vessels.


Trackfire Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station Saab Sweden 925 001
SAAB Trackfire Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station


Trackfire – SAAB – Sweden

The Trackfire is Remote Weapon Station or Remotely Operated Controlled Weapon Station manufactured by the Swedish Company SAAB that can be mounted vehicles, ships and stationary platforms. Consisting of the Fire Control Panel (FCP), Control Handle (CH) and Gunners Display (GD), the Operator’s Console is intuitive to operate. The menu structure has a simple hierarchy to ensure the operator is able to maintain a visual perspective of the situation picture via the GD, whilst simultaneously having access to all system primary functionality.

Sight and Sensors: As a self-contained sub-system, the Sensor Module provides CCD TV, IR and Laser Range Finder (LRF) channels for the operator. The modular approach allows for a wide range of visual and infra-red sensors to be integrated. A wash/wipe or jet nozzle wash capability can also be incorporated.

Weapons:  A wide range of small, medium and heavy machine guns, Automatic Grenade Launchers (AGL), lightweight medium caliber cannons, as well as Non-Lethal Effects (NLE) can be integrated, many of which can be simultaneously mounted to enable a graded effects capability

Technical data: The turret weighs 140 kg. Traverse is electric through 360° and elevation is also electric from +55° to -20° depending on weapon type.


Sea deFNder FN Herstal Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station Belgium Belgian defense industry 925 001
Sea deFNder FN Herstal Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station


Sea deFNder - FN Herstal – Belgium

The Sea deFNder is small caliber stabilized Remote Weapon Station (RWS) or Remotely Controlled Operated Weapon Station especially developed and designed to be used on sea conditions ant that can be mounted on ships or vessels. The Sea deFNder was unveiled at Euronaval in October 2014, International Naval Defense Exhibition that was held in Paris, France. This is the third model in the deFNder® remote weapon stations range, produced by the world’s leading firearms manufacturer, FN Herstal. Engineered for use by naval forces and coastguards, it follows the innovative deFNder® Light and the deFNder® Medium into global service.

Sight and Sensor: The sight module of the Sea deFNder® RWS Remote Weapon Station includes CCD and IR thermal uncooled camera which can be used for day and night combat operations, mounted at the right side. The sight module is available in two variants including a CCD camera + IR uncooled or CCD camera + IR cooled. The turret is connected to an operator console that can be controlled by a control handle consisting of one gamepad or a one-hand joystick. The operator interface features a display console for target identification and engagement, along with the single handle that controls sight selection, aiming and firing. The display unit integrates an LCD color screen which has a resolution of 1024x768 pixels.

Weapons: The Sea deFNder® RWS Remote Weapon Station shares many features of the deFNder® Medium used on land-based vehicles. The Sea deFNder consists of one aluminum weapon mount and universal cradle which is designed to host different types of machine guns including the FN MINIMI 5.56 (M249), FN MINIMI 7.62 (Mk48), FN MAG (M240), FN M2HB-QCB and FN M3R.. It can be also armed with one 40mm automatic grenade launcher.

Technical data: The turret weighs 250 kg with ammunition and 125 kg without ammunition and weapon. Traverse is electric through 360° and elevation is also electric from +73° to -42° depending on weapon type.


Sentinel 12 7 Escribano Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station Spain Spanish defense industry 925 001
Sentinel 12.7 Escribano Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station


Escribano - Sentinel 12.7 - Spain

The SENTINEL 12.7 is a Remote Controlled Weapons Station (RCWS) designed and manufactured by the Spanish Company Escribano. The system is 2 axes gyro-stabilized and it operates day and night for combat, surveillance, target identification, and tracking missions. Specially designed to be integrated naval platforms, this system provides defense capabilities for short and medium ranges with high firing accuracy being a reliable solution against asymmetric threats.

Sight and Sensors:
The sensor unit of the Sentinel 12.7 features state-of-the-art electro-optical sensors for day/night surveillance and an integrated video tracking function as well as a laser range finder.

Weapons:
The Sentinel 12.7 is designed to be armed with a 12.7mm caliber heavy machine gun but the turret could be adapted to integrate 5.56mm and 7.62mm machine guns.

Technical Data:  The turret weighs < 250 kg without ammunition and weapon, 30kg for the control and command subsystem inside of the platform. Traverse is electric through 360° and elevation is also electric from +60° to -20°.


Protector Sea Kongsberg Naval RWS REmote Weapon Station Norway Norwegian defense industry 925 001
Sea Protector Kongsberg Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station


Protector RWS Sea – Konsberg

The Sea Protector is a Naval Remote Weapon Station (RWS) developed and manufactured by the Norwegian Company Kongsberg Defence Systems. The Sea Protector can be mounted on interceptors and small patrol boats, the PROTECTOR RWS Sea serves as the main armament. On ships, it provides self-defence and increased capability to counter asymmetric threats, at sea or in the harbor. All this while the ship's crew remains safe and protected from hostile fire. The fielded PROTECTOR RWS Sea provides exceptional capabilities for harbor defence and is well suited for naval ships and patrol crafts of all types and classes. Multiple weapon stations can be networked and operated from the Combat and Bridge Systems.

Sight and Sensors: In the standard configuration the sensor package includes one Color Day Camera, one Infra-Red Camera, one Laser Range finder and one Clean Sensor System. It provides surveillance, detection, tracking and prosecution of various threats.

Weapons: The Sea Protector can be armed with a full range of weapons including 7.62 or 5.56mm machine gun, 12.7mm heavy machine gun as well as 40mm automatic grenade launcher and an anti-tank missile.


SENTINEL 20 Escribano Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station Spain Spanish Defense Industry 925 001
Sentinel 30 Escribano Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station


SENTINEL 30 30mm naval weapon station - Escribano – Spain

The SENTINEL 30 is a naval Remote Weapon Station designed and manufactured by the Spanish Company Escribano. The Sentinel 30 remote weapon station provides exceptional capabilities against counter asymmetric threats. The turret is designed to be mounted on Naval Platforms such as Patrol Boats, Vessels, Combat ships or Coast Guard Boats. The Sentinel 30 is remotely controlled from an operator console, significantly enhancing the safety of the crew. Spanish Company Escribano has developed a new generation of remote weapon stations which includes stabilization and tracking systems.

Sight and Sensors: The Sentinel 30 Escribano incorporates an electro-optical system for observation and tracking operations and an embedded simulation system for training operations remoted controlled from a control panel keeping always the operator protected by the vessel’s structure.

Weapons: The SENTINEL 30 is a gyro-stabilized remotely controlled weapon station that can be armed with 30 mùm or 40 mm automatic cannon

Technical Data: The Escribano Sentinel 30 has a weight of 1,200 kg without ammunition and weapon. The turret has a traverse of 360° and elevation from -60° to +60°.


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Hanwha Defense Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station


Naval RWS – Hanwha Defense – South Korea

The South Korean Company Hanwha Defense has developed a Naval Remote Weapon Station (RWS) that can be mounted onboard naval vessels and used in close-quarter defense situations on patrol boats, gunboats, and battleships. Hanwha Defense has successfully achieved vessel integration for future gunboats and harbor patrol boats for the first time in the domestic market, and these are currently being utilized in the field by the Korean Naval Forces.

Weapons: The Hanwha Defense Naval RWS can be armed with the K6 12.7mm machine gun on the exterior of the vessel and is remotely controlled from within the interior of the vessel.

Sight and Sensors: The Hanwha Defense Naval RWS stabilised in two axes with roll compensation and are laid onto the target using an advanced sighting system, which includes a day charge-coupled device camera, thermal night camera and an integrated laser rangefinder

Technical Data: The Hanwha Defense Naval RWS has electric traverse through 360 degrees with electric weapon elevation from -20 to +60 degrees.


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WAVE 350 IMI Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station


WAVE 350 NAVAL REMOTE CONTROLLED WEAPON STATIONS – IMI – Israel

The WAVE 350 is Naval Remote Weapon Station (RWS) developed and manufactured by the Israeli Company IMI (Israel Military Industries). The Naval WAVE 350 has been customized for the marine environment with a modular design to facilitate the selection of a wide range of optical devices and enables flexible control and connections to additional systems. The WAVE 350systems can be easily deployed on all types of combat vehicles, marine vessels, and platforms and static posts.

Sight and Sensors: The design of the WAVE 350 is modular offering the possibility to integrate a wide range of optical and sight devices.

Weapons: The WAVE 350A Naval RWS can be armed with one 12.7 mm NSVT or 0.5 Cal WKM-B machine guns


Elbit Systems Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station Israel Israeli defense industry 925 001
Elbit Systems Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station


Remote-controlled Naval Weapon Station – Elbit Systems – Israel

Israeli Company Elbit Systems has developed a remote-controlled naval weapon station that can be mounted of a wide range of naval platform including patrol vessels, frigates and missile destroyer. The weapons system enables effective combat engagement while the operator remains safe below the deck, enhancing lethality and survivability. Operation is simple and intuitive, using a general-purpose display with soft key-based operating workstations for the gunner and commander.

Weapons: A flexible weapons pedestal enables the use of aa range of firepower, including a 12.7mm heavy machine gun, 7 7.62mm machine gun or a 40mm automatic grenade launcher.

Sight and Sensors: The Elbit Systems Naval RWS includes one thermal camera, one Color CCD day camera, a laser range finder with a range from 75 to 10,000 m.

Technical data: The turret has a traverse of 360° with elevation from -20° to +60°.


Typhoon Rafael naval RWS Remote Weapon Station Israel Israeli Defense Industry 925 001
Typhoon Rafael Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station


Typhoon naval weapon station – Rafael – Israel

The Typhoon is a family of lightweight stabilized naval weapon systems developed, designed and manufactured by the Israeli Company Rafael. This Naval weapon system has been developed by Rafael primarily to meet the requirements of the Israeli Navy. The Navies of Israel, the United States and Australia have ordered this weapon system. In July 2005 the Royal Australian Navy launched the first Armidale-class patrol boat equipped with Typhoon weapon system equipped with 30mm Bushmaster cannon.

Sight and Sensors: The Typhoon Naval RWS can use sights attached to the weapon mount or it can receive inputs from an independent Electro-Optical Detector (EOD) or Fire Control Radar (FCR). Using its own sight the Typhoon system can provide firing solutions entirely without outside assistance, allowing it to function fully independently.

Weapons: The Typhoon Remote Weapon Station RWS can be armed with a full range of weapons ranging from 12.7mm machine guns to 30mm guns and optional complementary weapon systems such as surface-to-air missiles or anti-tank missiles.

Technical Data: The Typhoon Naval RWS has a traverse of +/- 160° and elevation from -20° to +45°It has a total weight of less than 1,000 kg fully loaded.


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M09N Yugoimport Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station


M09N remote-controlled weapon station – YugoImport – Serbia

The M09N is a Naval Remote Weapon Station RWS designed and manufactured by the Serbian Company Yugoimport. This weapon system can be integrated on light patrol boats, as well as for other vessels, giving a possibility for non-punching desk integration of powerfull and accurate weapon at extremely small desk surfaces and remote operation from boat cabin. The weapon is intended for various tactical roles, including defence against suicide fast-moving boats filled with IED, as well as for various patrol roles, including anti-piracy defence.

Sight and Sensors: The M09N RWS is fitted with a laser range finder, day sight channel with CCD camera, wide-angle camera for observation and aiming with a magnification of up to10x and night channel for observation and aiming–thermal camera.

Weapons: The turret can be armed with one 12.7mm machine gun.

Technical Data: The turret weighs 240 kg without ammunition. Traverse is electric through 360° and elevation is also electric from +60° to -7°.


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Sea Rogue Reutech Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station


Sea Rogue remote control weapon station – Reutech – South Africa

The Sea Rogue is Naval Remote Weapon Station designed and manufactured in South Africa by Reutech Solutions. The control system of the Sea Rogue mounts consists of a console in the ship or vehicle with a display screen for the cameras on the mount and simple joystick control.

Sight and Sensors: The Sea Rogue RWS is gyro-stabilized and electrically driven. An optical observation and sighting system is mounted on the turret alongside the weapon with a variety of daylight and thermal imaging cameras and laser rangefinder. The standard option includes a 3 field-of-view daylight camera and a Sagem Matis SP cooled thermal night sight. An optional fit consists of a Sagem CM# MR uncooled infrared night sight, a 2 field-of-view day camera and a laser range finder.

Weapons: The Sea Rogue RWS can be armed with 7.62 mm general-purpose machine guns up to 20 mm cannons or a 40mm automatic grenade launcher. A version for anti-tank guided missiles has also been developed.

Technical Data: Traverse is electric through 360° and elevation is also electric from +60° to -40°.


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STAMP Aselsan Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station


Stamp / STAMP / STAMP G – Aselsan – Turkey

The Stamp is Naval Remote Weapon Station designed an manufactured by the Turkish Company Aselsan. It is a stabilized and remotely operated weapon system, suitable for use on different naval platforms with advanced features. STAMP has a stabilized turret which enables the line-of-sight of the gun to be aimed at the target at all times. Due to the stabilization feature, the system can perform precise firings against stationary or moving targets while the platform is on-the-move. Remote Gun Control Unit has an ergonomic design with a ruggedized LCD monitor which displays reticle, target range scale, turret azimuth and elevation axis position in numerical and graphical form, field-of-view of the sight system, number of remaining rounds, system operation mode, fault warning symbols and other information for the gunner.

Sight and Sensors: The sight system includes Thermal Camera, TV Camera and Laser Range Finder

Weapons: A 12.7 mm Machine Gun or 7.62 mm Machine Gun and 40 mm Grenade Launcher and various sensors can be used on STAMP according to the tactical requirements.

Technical Data: The Stamp RWS weighs 225 kg with ammunition. Traverse is electric through 360° and elevation is also electric from +55° to -15°.


SMASH Aselsan Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station Turkey Turkish defense industry 925 001
SMASH Aselsan Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station


Smash – Aselsan – Turkey

The SMASH is Naval Remote Weapon Station designed an manufactured by the Turkish Company Aselsan. The SMASH System has a stabilized turret which enables the line-of-sight of the gun to be aimed at the target at all times. 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.

Sight and Sensors: The SMASH RWS configurations incorporate advanced features as remote operation, built-in electro-optic sensor system and/or separate electro-optic fire control system for autonomous operation, day and night operation, stabilized turret, automatic target tracking (detect, track and fire on the move) and ballistic computation.

Weapons: The SMASH Naval RWS is armed with one 30mm Mk44 Bushmaster-II Canon.

Technical Data: The Stamp RWS weighs 1,250 kg including gun and 150 rounds of ammunition. Traverse is electric through 360° and elevation is also electric from +55° to -15°.


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HITROLE Leonardo Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station


HITROLE® 12.7mm – Leonardo – Italy

The HITROLE is Naval Remote Weapon Station RWS designed and manufactured by the Italian Company Leonardo. It is a modern system fully controlled from a remote station via an advanced control console that allows the gunner to operate from a protected position within the ship's structure: any operation, including loading and recocking, can be undertaken with maximum safety for the operator.

Sight and Sensors: Sighting and tracking actions are performed by means of a high-performance day TV camera. Ballistic Routine is available to provide aid while engaging moving targets. Additional options include IR sensor for night operation as well as a Laser Range Finder, an Auto Tracker and the sensor suite is protected within a watertight shelter.

Weapons: The HITROLE Naval RWS is armed in standard configuration with a 12.7mm machine gun. It can be replaced with a 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher (40mm AGL), capable of shooting also ‘non lethal ammunition’. The weapon replacement can be achieved in a few minutes with no need of special tools.Belted rounds are available for both the 12,7mm( 0.50 cal) machine gun and the 40mm AGL in standard ammunition boxes, (130 rounds for the 12,7mm (0.50 cal) machine gun and 32 rounds for the 40mm AGL).

Technical Data: The HITROLE Naval RWS weighs 220 to 260 kg depending of the configuration. Traverse is electric through 155° and elevation is also electric from +50° to -15°.


NARWHAL20 Nexter Systems Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station France French defense industry 925 001
NARWHAL 20 Nexter Systems Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station


NARWHAL20 – Nexter Systems – France

The NARWHAL 20 is Naval Remote Weapon Station designed an manufactured by the French Company Nexter Systems. This remotely operated and stabilized 20mm gun turret was designed using Nexter's huge experience in light naval mounts and technologies for gun turrets used on helicopters (THL20 and THL30). NARWHAL20 combines the 20mm impressive firepower and advanced electro-optical day/night sensors and is ideally suited for maritime surveillance, law enforcement and sea police interception missions for countering and neutralizing evolving threats.

Sight and Sensors: The NARWHAL Naval RWS is fitted with a set of high-performance day/night electro-optic cameras and a moving target monitoring function.

Weapons: The NARWHAL Naval RWS combines the impressive firepower of Nexter's 20M621 20mm gun, used by more than 25 countries.

Technical Data: The Stamp RWS weighs 390 kg without weapon and ammunition. Traverse is electric through 360° and elevation is also electric from +75° to -20°.

 


Bofoirs LEMUR BAE Systems Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station UK British defense industry 925 001
BOFORS Lemur BAE Systems Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station


Bofors Lemur – BAE Systems – UK

The Bofors LEMUR is a Naval Remote Weapon Station designed and manufactured by the Company BAE Systems. The system is designed for both land and naval applications and for all climate zones, operational in the temperature range of -40°C to +71°C with the sensor configuration dependent on the intended use and customer’s requirements.

Sight and Sensors: The LEMUR Naval RWS incorporates electro-optic devices which can be used for SAR, target identification, or to enhance navigation.

Weapons: The Bofors LEMUR system is designed to carry missiles, weapons up to 30 mm and 40 mm AGL and with optional launchers for countermeasures.

Technical Data: The Bofors LEMUR Naval RWS has a traverse of 360°


Arrow 12 AST Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station Singapore defense industry 925 001
Arrow 12 AST Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station


Remote Weapon Station Arrow 12 – AST – Singapore

The Naval Remote Weapon Station RWS ARROW 12 was introduced by the Company Asia Security Technology PTE Ltd from Singapore, at the Homeland Security Expo Vietnam in 2019. With modular design, the system easily mounts on various naval platforms or mobile armored land vehicles. The ARROW 12 provides optimized remote firing capability day and night under any adverse environmental and combat situation. ARROW 12 is designed in compliance with military standards MIL-STD-810 for both inland and marine conditions.

Sight and Sensors: The Arrow 12 Naval RWS integrates electro-optic component such as day/night camera and laser rangefinder as well as ballistic computer helps the system to maintain its high stabilization performance and hit accuracy.

Weapons: The Arrow 12 Naval RWS can be armed with 7.62mm, 12.7mm, and 14.5m caliber gun.

Technical Data: The HITROLE Naval RWS weighs around 200 kg depending on the configuration. Traverse is electric through 360° and elevation is also electric from +70° to -20°.


NORINCO Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station China Chinese defense industry 925 001
NORINCO Naval RWS Remote Weapon Station


Remote Weapon Station – Norinco – China

Company NORINCO from China has developed a full range of Naval Remote Weapon Station (RWS). It can be easily integrated on a patrol boat.

Sight and Sensors: The NORINCO Naval RWS can carry out day and night all-weather searching, aiming and firing against static or moving target while keeping the operator in protection.

Weapons: The NORINCO Naval RWS can be armed with 7.62mm, 12.7mm, 14.5mm machine gun or 40mm automatic grenade launcher.

Technical Data: The NORINCO Naval RWS weighs around 260 kg. Traverse is electric through 360° and elevation is also electric from +60° to -5°.


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