Eurosatory 2016: KMW launches new FLW500 weapon station

IHS Janes

17 June 2016
Latest Krauss-Maffei Wegmann FLW500 RWS armed with Orbital ATK Armament Systems 30 mm M230LF cannon but without the 7.62 mm machine gun fitted. Source: Christopher F Foss

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann has launched the FLW500, which is the latest entry to its FLW family of remote weapon stations (RWS) at Eurosatory 2016.

The latest FLW500 has a typical weight of 500 kg above the deck but this depends on the type of weapons fitted and associated ammunition supply.

The version being shown at the exhibition is armed with the Orbital ATK Armament Systems 30 mm M230LF dual-feed low-recoil weapon that is provided with 150 rounds of ready to use ammunition.

A co-axial 7.62 mm FN-MAG machine gun (MG) is provided with 250 rounds of ready use ammunition.

The weapons are fully stabilised with the mount featuring electric traverse through 360° and elevation from -10 to 50°.


FLW 500


KMW is unveiling the remote controlled Light Weapon Station 500 (FLW 500) demonstration unit for the first time. Equipped with tertiary armament, the system is a further development of the operation-tested, highly successful FLW 100 and 200. In addition to a 30 mm-calibre automatic cannon as the main gun, secondary armament in the form of a 7.62 mm-calibre machine gun as well as a 76 mm-calibre multi-tube launcher system as tertiary armament are provided in the FLW 500. The FLW 500 can also be optionally equipped with guided missiles, such as anti-tank guided missiles.

The modular system enables continued use of weapon equipment sets from the established FLW 100 and 200. With a system weight of approximately 500 kg, it is suitable for use on light protected vehicles with limited roof loads.

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