The U.S. Senate has approved a $371 million U.S. Army budget for General Dynamics‘ Stryker armored vehicle. General Dynamics will equip the Stryker 8×8 armoured vehicles with a Medium Caliber Remote Weapons Station. At AUSA 2014, Konsgberg from Norway has presented a project of Stryker vehicle fitted with its Protector turret MCT30. Stryker 8×8 armoured vehicle fitted with Konsberg MCT30 remote weapon station at AUSA 2014, defense exhibition in Washington D.C.
The PROTECTOR MCT30 provides highly accurate firepower for wheeled and tracked combat/armored vehicles. The system is remotely controlled and operated from a protected position inside the vehicle compartment. The main armament is a 30mm automatic cannon equipped with a link less ammunition handling system for increased reliability compared to traditional link fed cannon systems.
The system is remotely controlled and operated from a protected position inside the vehicle compartment.
XM813 rapid-fire 30mm autocannon
Linkless Ammunition Feed System with Two 75 Round Ammo Boxes on Each Side of 30mm CannonTraditional link fed cannon systems
The Konsberg Protector RWS (Remote Weapon Station) on the LAV Demonstrator was armed with an ATK Mk44 30mm automatic cannon and a co-axial 7.62mm machine gun located to the top and left side of the main gun.
ATK Mk44 30mm automatic cannon
The turret is remotely operated under armor to increase the protection for the gunner. It is equipped with a dual ammunition feed with 75 rounds each and can carry a total of 150 rounds ready to fire.
The ammunition boxes for the main gun and the coax gun that were generally in the basket for the two-men turret have to be relocated to the turret hull. The former 2 men turret hull did not include these, so it usually means you have to increase the turret hull size to accommodate the ammo boxes. These ammo boxes takes up considerable volume inside the turret hull for a remote turret.
The medium caliber automatic cannon and coaxial machine gun combined with optional non-lethal effects provides the vehicle crew the necessary tools to engage in a wide spectrum of situations and to conduct Escalation of Force. The availability of having two ammunition types simultaneously gives the flexibility to configure the system to engage both soft and hard targets beyond 3,000 meters.
US Army projects developing more accurate and lethal 30mm and 50mm guns
Medium [30mm XM814, 30mm Mk310, 50mm PABM] Caliber Weapon Systems (About $10 million in 2015 and 2016 and $16 million i 2017
This effort matures and demonstrates advanced medium caliber ammunition, weapon, fire control, and ammunition handling systems optimized for remote operation. This effort demonstrates cannon-super high elevation engagement, high performance stabilization, remote ammunition loading, weapon safety and reliability, improved lethality, accuracy, ability to fire a suite of ammunition from non-lethal to lethal, and escalation of force capability in one system.
In 2015, Optimized technologies from Weapon, Fire Control and Turret functional areas together in preparation of demonstrating a system level platform integration with an advanced medium caliber weapon system within a Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV) variant. In support of this effort, finalized and optimized a prototype turret and drive system to support the XM813 30mm weapon system; optimized and matured the advanced sensors (down range wind sensor, dynamic metrology sensor and improved laser range finder) and the scenario based fire control system supporting the XM813 30mm weapon system, 30mm armor piercing (AP) munition and the Mk310 30mm programmable air bursting munitions (PABM); performed the integration of these technologies within the BFV and demonstrated improved accuracy and lethality performance at a system level. Additionally, finalized 50mm fuze improvements and performed a fuze shoot off and demonstration to down select and optimize the burst point accuracy of the 50mm PABM munition.
Accurate Medium Caliber Armament system for stationary and fire on the move capability with turret/vehicle integration
• Programmable Air Bursting Munition (PABM): Optimized effects against Personnel targets (behind walls and in the open)
• Armor Piercing munition (APFSDS-T): Optimized effects against Materiel targets
• Integrated Fire Control Enhancements: Scenario Based Fire Control System (SBFCS), Graphical User Interface (GUI), dynamic MET Sensor, down range wind sensor and enhanced laser rangefinder
• Improve burst point accuracy and PD reliability of fuze technology for 50mm PABM
• Validate and refine existing 30mm Error Budget model for use in 50mm system projections
• Develop turret to demonstrate growth from 30mm XM813 to 50mm Enhanced Bushmaster III
• Perform platform integration of turret for 50mm system level test and evaluation
PROTECTOR MCT-30 – monch.com
The PROTECTOR MCT-30 provides highly accurate firepower for wheeled and tracked combat/armored vehicles. The system is remotely controlled and operated from a protected position inside the vehicle compartment.
The main armament is a 30mm automatic cannon equipped with a link less ammunition handling system for increased reliability compared to traditional link fed cannon systems.
PROTECTOR MCT-30 is:
- Under delivery to the US Stryker Brigade
- The first remotely operated turret to be qualified and fielded within the U.S. Army
- Precision fire control system that enables highly-precise engagements across all battlefield conditions and operational scenarios
- Operated and reloaded from under armor
- Supporting various protection (armor) levels
- Flexible design allowing for customer tailoring and growth.
A Commander’s sight solution, based on the PROTECTOR RWS family, gives the commander an independent surveillance and lethal/non-lethal engagement capability and enables a two way hunter/killer capability.
PROTECTOR MCT-30 Specifications
|Main Gun||MK44 30mm Bushmaster Automatic Cannon First round select Effective range > 3000 meters Upgradeable to fire 40×180 mm ammunition (Optional)|
|Secondary Weapons||7.62mm Coaxial Machine Gun / Optional RWS / Optional Javelin ATGM|
|Ammunition Storage||7.62mm x600 rounds|
|Ammunition Handling||Linkless ammunition feeding 2 x 75 ready rounds NATO standard 30x173mm ammunition (AP, HE, TP, PABM) Programmable Air Burst Ammunition Reload from under armor|
|Smoke Grenade Launchers
||2 banks, each x4 tubes (Optional)|
|Sight System||Sight includes Day Camera, Thermal Imager and Laser Range Finder|
|Identification||ID Range > 3000 meters (standard vehicle target 2.3 x 2.3 m)|
|Turret Movement||360 ° movement in azimuth -10 ° to + 45 ° elevation up to + 60 ° elevation (Optional)|
|Stabilization||Fully stabilized including point stabilization|
|STANAG 4569 Protection
||Baseline protection is STANAG level 1. Add on Armor up to desired level|
|Optional Equipment||Missile system, Threat detection systems, Commanders Independent Weapon Station, Active Protection System|
|Crew||x2 (Gunner & Commander)|
AUSA 2017: Stryker dragoon from General Dynamics Land Systems
LAV 6.0 with the PROTECTOR MCT-30 Turret
Orbital ATK – GDLS LAV Kongsberg MCT-30 Turret 30mm/40mm MK44 Autocannon Firing Tests
Source: War Fare Tech, Wheeled Armoured Vehicles Part Deux. nextbigfuture.com, kongsberg.com, fighting-vehicles.com
Updated Dec 13, 2017