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Saab in hunt for India partner to help Modi overhaul forces

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Sweden’s Saab will join Lockheed Martin and Boeing in the search for local partners to help build its fighter jets

New Delhi: Sweden’s Saab AB will join Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co. in the search for local partners to help build its fighter jets, as competition increases for a slice of India’s planned $150 billion military modernization.

While certain parts of the Gripen E planes will be built in factories fully owned by Saab, other components will be manufactured jointly, said Jan Widerstrom, chairman of Saab India Technologies Pvt. The Adani Group could be among companies being considered, the Economic Times reported in May, without saying where it got the information.

“We are talking to at least six large companies in India as the main partners, and several hundred for the supply chain,” Widerstrom said in a 7 July interview in New Delhi. “We are still evaluating our partners and most likely we need more than one.”

India is expected to announce a contract for fighter jets next year, with local production in focus as Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks to create jobs and reduce the world’s highest arms imports. Soon after taking office in 2014 he allowed more foreign direct investment in defence and, last month, he further eased rules for the sector.

Under the latest tweaks announced 20 June, foreign companies can hold more than 49% of a company based in India even if it doesn’t provide state-of-the-art technology. Concerns exist, though, on whether local companies have the trained workforce to deliver.

“There exists an ecosystem, but that ecosystem needs to develop further,” said Pushan Das, a junior fellow at the Observer Research Foundation think tank in New Delhi.“Indian companies are yet to acquire the manufacturing wherewithal to manufacture complete military grade aircraft platforms.”

Moreover, the airforce would probably prefer a two-engine craft rather than the single-engine Gripen, he said. Saab had lost out to Dassault Aviation SA for that reason in 2007, when India had last sought bids for fighter jets, before talks stalled on the deal partly because India sought quality guarantees for the Dassault Rafale made locally.

Indigenous Weapons

Saab may have it easier. It has a center with Tech Mahindra Ltd. in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, where more than 100 engineers are already working on the design and development of Gripen jets for Brazil. It will also build on its existing partnerships, such as an aero-structure venture with Indian company Aequs, Widerstrom said.

Saab has also offered to help India with its indigenous Tejas jet, as well as the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft program, which seeks to design and build a fifth-generation fighter.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said the country needs local production lines for at least two types of fighter aircraft. The government says 60% of its defence requirements are currently met by imports.

‘Next 100 Years’

Even as India faces geopolitical threats from neighbours Pakistan and China, a third of its 650-strong combat air-fleet is over 40 years old, and the Tejas was 33 years in the making.

India was the world’s largest arms importer, according to a February 2016 report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, in part because its companies have failed to produce competitive, indigenous weapons.

Saab would want a 100% investment in an Indian project in the coming years, but for now would prefer working with local partners in both the private and public sectors. It will also offer a transfer of technology, Widerstrom said. The company expects to sell about 450 Gripen jets worldwide over the next 20 years.

“We see it as part of our overall ‘Make in India’ package,” he said. “We are offering an aerospace capability for the next 100 years.” Bloomberg



Is there a misunderstanding earlier reports stated

“The source said the IAF would get 120 Tejas light combat aircraft, another 120 twin-engine medium weight aircraft to be built in India in collaboration with a foreign manufacturer, and an equal number of single-engine fighter planes.”


Successful Thales Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM) firing from Aselsan MILAS turret


Monday, 11 July 2016 22:36

The Thales Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM) and Aselsan Missile Launcher System (MILAS) have completed a successful qualification firing exercise by engaging a naval target representative of a fast inshore attack craft.


Successful Thales Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM) firing from Aselsan Missile Launcher System (MILAS). Picture: Thales

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Aselsan and Thales UK


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Turkish systems house Aselsan and Thales UK have signed an agreement to jointly develop and co-market shipborne launcher systems for Thales’s Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM) low-collateral precision weapon. The two companies cemented their relationship in a signing ceremony at IDEX on 22 February. The agreement covers a lightweight four-round LMM Missile Launching System and a larger eight-cell variant.

Building on the pedigree of the existing Starburst and Starstreak surface-to-air missiles, LMM has been designed by Thales as a low-cost, laser-guided missile able to engage a wide range of air, land and sea targets out to ranges of about 8km. The initial variant uses laser beam-riding guidance.

In the maritime role, Thales (Stand 08-A08) believes that LMM is well matched to counter small fast inshore attack craft (FIAC) threats. The missile’s laser proximity fuze, using low-cost gate technology set at the point of launch, is designed to ensure that the missile can successfully engage very-low metal, semi-solid targets, such as rigid inflatables, which many rockets pass through before detonating, while the 3kg blast fragmentation/shaped charge warhead has been designed to combine localised effect with good penetration. Posted25 February 2015 “Launcher team aims to boost surface firepower [IDX15D3]” @janes.com

Lightweight Multirole Missile

The LMM is a relatively new missile although it draws heavily on the older High Velocity Missile/Starstreak family.

Starstreak was derived from a requirement for a short range air defence system that could be man portable and vehicle mounted. The system continued on from Blowpipe and Javelin designs.

Starstreak is an extremely sophisticated system; post launch, the first stage booster falls away and the missile accelerates to a high speed of Mach 3.5.  When this second stage is expended three dart sub munitions are released towards the target.


Thales Starstreak Missile

In May 2011 the MoD placed a contract with Thales “development, qualification and initial production” including the manufacture of 1,000 laser beam riding missiles.

The 2011 press release from Thales included this;

Thales UK and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) have today announced an innovative approach to contracting under the principles of Team Complex Weapons (TCW). The two parties have agreed to ‘re-role’ previously contracted budgets to facilitate the full-scale development, series production and introduction of the Lightweight Multi-role Missile (LMM) into service for UK Armed Forces.

It didn’t take the brains of Einstein to work out what this meant.

The ADAPT contract was modified and used to initiate development of LMM, i.e., at the expense of HVM.

Or, put another way, the Royal Navy requirement for a missile to counter fast attack craft was seen as a higher priority that the Army’s requirement for air defence.

Perhaps the HMS Cornwall incident accelerated thinking on the matter.

Qualification took place last year and production will commence this year (if not already) with an in service date of around 2015 that matches Wildcat.


Because it does not carry or need a wide diameter shaped charge warhead the missile is quite slender and thus aerodynamically efficient. This translates into quite a good range of 6-8km, with a minimum range of only 400m which compares quite well with guided rockets.

A slower speed of mach 1.5 also contributes to its longer range, especially compared to the HVM on which some of its components are based.


Thales Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM)

At 13kg, the missile is relatively light, certainly much lighter than the next rung up the air to surface ladder that is the 50Kg Hellfire/Brimstone.

The insensitive warhead is a relatively simple 3Kg blast/fragmentation type and a laser proximity fuse that allows the missile to be used against low metal content targets like inflatable and semi inflatable small craft. Compare the warhead weight to the 9kg on a Hellfire and 8.4kg on a Javelin.


Thales Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM)

The laser beam riding guidance system is derived from the HVM/Starstreak, this is simple, difficult to counter, suitable for the maritime environment and cheap but it is not without disadvantages, attacking multiple simultaneous targets is not possible for example. @thinkdefence.co.uk


LMM Missile Launching System (MLS)


The LMM Missile Launching System (MLS), developed to provide defense for refineries, seaports and naval bases against variety of surface threats, is a customized compact and lightweight solution for Fast Interceptor Boats (FIB). It has been designed to have minimum weight and impact on FIB speed and maneuverability.
The basic system configuration comprises a lightweight stand alone stabilized Electro Optic (EO) Suite, a stabilized weapon turret and Fire Control subsystem distributed on the boat. Laser Transmitter Unit required for Laser Beam Guiding and other EO units for target detection and tracking are located inside the stabilized EO Suite.
MLS can automatically slew to the target coordinates assigned by EO Suite supported by FIB radar. The system can be operated using its own operator panel located in the wheelhouse. 

General specifications of the System are:

  • 4/8 ready to fire Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM)
  • Two-axis gyro stabilized turret
  • Automatic target tracking by EO Suite
  • Laser Range Finder for target ranging
  • High hit performance with fast reaction time
  • High level system automation for ease of use
  • Ease of integration into existing and new build FIBs
  • Flexible system architecture meeting different customer requirements
  • Low maintenance cost and high reliability

Data @aselsan.com.tr


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Textron targets Fury munition deliveries



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Textron Systems could deliver the Fury precision-guided munition before end of this year.

The company’s lightweight weapon would not replace the Lockheed Martin AGM-114 Hellfire missile, but could help fulfil an insatiable demand for munitions from the US Air Force and US Special Operations Command.

Textron performed tests with its Fury munition on 25 April, which met the required accuracy for the weapon’s terminal guidance against static targets, Brian Sinkiewicz, vice-president of Textron precision weapon systems, told FlightGlobal. Flight tests had been scheduled for earlier this year, but the company delayed testing after making weapon enhancements.

Textron expects to complete development and turn over Fury to US Special Operations Command and Air Force Special Operations Command by the end of this year, Sinkiewicz says. The services have expressed an interest in a small order of the munition – about 10 to 15 – and the company’s partner, Thales, has already opened up discussions with the UK Ministry of Defence.

“The customer has indicated a desire to see a moving target engaged, end-to-end test with guidance, and accurate engagement of a moving target,” Sinkiewicz says. “Due to some issues we ran into, we weren’t able to run that test, so we’ve scheduled tests for later in the year.”

The US Department of Defense’s fiscal year 2017 budget expressed an immediate need to replenish its depleted munitions stocks, including Hellfire missiles. The Fury munition would complement but not replace the Hellfire’s role, which was originally designed as a helicopter-delivered anti-tank weapon and later adapted to unmanned air systems.

Textron tested the munition on the Textron Shadow UAV, but the company has focused its attention on the hundreds of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Predator, Reaper and Gray Eagle platforms that are heavily utilised by the services. While Textron would not be required to change the munition’s design for these UAVs, the company is creating a rack that can mount three Fury munitions and interface with a Hellfire missile rail, Sinkiewicz says.

Compared with the 45kg (100lb) rocket-motor-propelled Hellfire, which can destroy a tank, the 6kg Fury offers a lighter, precision glide weapon that can prosecute people in vehicles. The lighter design could allow its delivery platform to carry three of the Fury munitions, rather than one large missile.

“Imagine a terrorist in a pickup truck – that’s up our alley,” Sinkiewicz says. “It wouldn’t engage something with heavy armour, but we could do light armour.

“The system is designed to perforate armour, but main battle tanks wouldn’t be a typical target.”

Original post flightglobal.com


Textron Systems and Thales Successfully Test Fury® Weapon Guidance Package 

July 11, 2016

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FARNBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW, ENGLAND – JULY 11, 2016 – Textron Systems Weapon and Sensor Systems, a business of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), and Thales announced today the successful testing of the Fury® lightweight precision guided glide weapon from the Shadow® Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) against static vehicle targets.

The Fury was tested from a Textron Systems’ Shadow TUAS at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona on April 29. During the testing, the Fury was released from 8,000 feet altitude, conducted a Global Positioning System (GPS) guided fly-out maneuver and transitioned to the Semi-Active Laser (SAL) guided terminal engagement, directly striking a static vehicle target.

“We are pleased with the test results and development progress of the Fury weapon system – the latest test proved out the GPS and SAL guidance capability from 8,000 feet and was a significant incremental step in the weapon’s development,” says Weapon and Sensor Systems Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sinkiewicz. “To date, the tests have demonstrated that the lightweight weapon features a mature and proven warhead and accurate guidance system paired with a fully integrated aircraft solution. With these results, we believe the Fury system could be a great complement to the Shadow TUAS, other UAS or light attack aircraft.”

“We are delighted with the recent success of Fury,” says Thales General Manager Philip McBride. “Building on the technology used in the Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM), this latest addition to the LMM family has proven the precision of the munition. Fury offers proportionate effects in time-critical, network-centric Close Air Support (CAS) and armed Information, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions against both fixed and moving targets”.

Textron Systems and Thales began development of the Fury weapon system in 2014. The team utilizes their expertise in weapon systems and sub component and system-level integration in major United States and United Kingdom weapon system programs in development of the system. The team plans to co-market and produce the system for U.S. domestic and international markets.

The Fury weapon uses a common interface for rapid integration on multiple manned and unmanned aircraft systems. The weapon’s tri-mode fuzing – impact, height of burst and delay – further enables a single Fury to address a broad target set, ranging from static and moving light armored vehicles to small boats and personnel. The precision weapon Fury is guided by a GPS-aided inertial navigation unit system with a Semi-Active Laser Seeker terminal guidance capability. This enables the weapon to engage both stationary and moving targets within 1 meter accuracy, or fly to specific target coordinates.

About Textron Systems

Textron Systems’ businesses develop and integrate products, services and support for aerospace and defense customers, as well as civil and commercial customers including those in law enforcement, security, border patrol and critical infrastructure protection around the globe. Harnessing agility and a broad base of expertise, Textron Systems’ innovative businesses design, manufacture, field and support comprehensive solutions that expand customer capabilities and deliver value. Textron Systems consists of its Advanced Information Solutions, Electronic Systems, Geospatial Solutions, Lycoming Engines, Marine and Land Systems, Support Solutions, TRU Simulation + Training, Unmanned Systems and Weapon and Sensor Systems businesses. More information is available at www.textronsystems.com.

Source investor.textron.com


Deadlock over India’s Rafale purchase continues

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Russia tests sixth-generation fighter elements on fifth-generation jet


July 11, 19:34

The fighter prototype is expected to perform its maiden flight by 2025

MOSCOW, July 11. /TASS/. Separate elements of Russia’s sixth-generation fighter are already being tested on fifth-generation – Sukhoi PAK FA fighters (Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation), Vladimir Mikheyev, advisor to the First Deputy Director General of Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET, a subsidiary of Rostec State Corporation) told TASS in an interview Monday.

Back in early March reports stated that work on the sixth-generation fighter aircraft had begun, with the fighter’s manned and unmanned versions under development. The fighter prototype is expected to perform its maiden flight prior to 2025. That said, KRET is currently working on electronic warfare (EW) systems for the new warplane. Meanwhile, Russia is testing the fifth-generation fighter PAK FA (also known as T-50) that had carried out its maiden flight in 2010. State tests for the T-50 are scheduled to be completed in 2016, and in 2017, followed by mass deliveries of these fighters to the army.

“Standalone solutions that will be applied in the sixth-generation fighter are now being tested on the fifth-generation jet as well as on the ground-based equipment. Separate elements of the flight and navigation system have already been installed on PAK FA”, Mikheyev said.

According to him, the sixth-generation fighters will be fitted with a unified electronic warfare system, which will serve as a radar, an electronic warfare system, a data transmission system and as communications equipment. Additionally, it will function as a navigation system and as an IFF transponder.

“The PAK FA radar station should operate both as a locator and reconnaissance system, and the electronic warfare system for its part should engage in radio detection and location. That is, integration and redistribution of functions on the PAK FA is already happening,” the KRET representative said.

According to him, the use of integrated avionics is tested on many aircraft. As an example, he cited the US fifth-generation fighter, the F-35.

The PAK FA aircraft is a stealthy, single-seat, twin-engine jet fighter, and will be the first operational aircraft in Russian service to use stealth technology. It is a multipurpose fighter designed for the air superiority and attack roles. The fighter is planned to have super-cruise, stealth, super-maneuverability and advanced avionics to overcome the prior generation of fighter aircraft as well as ground and maritime defenses. The PAK FA is intended to be the successor to the MiG-29 and Su-27 in the Russian Air Force and serve as the basis for the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft being co-developed by Sukhoi and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Air Force.

Original post @tass.ru


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Farnborough 2016: An-178 makes Farnborough debut

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AMPV – Light protected vehicle

The AMPV, or Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, was jointly developed by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Rheinmetall. It was developed as a private venture to compete for the German Army GFF/GTF requirement. The AMVP was designed taking into account the operational experience of the German Army in Afghanistan. This light multipurpose armored vehicle was revealed in 2010. It is being proposed both for military operators and law enforcement forces.


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The AMPV is intended to be used for roles, where non armored HMMWVs, Land Rovers andb G Wagons are typically used. It is broadly similar to US JLTVs, but heavier and better protected. It is well suited for light utility, patrol, light recon, surveillance, command and communications duties. This vehicle is also suitable for police and security forces where armor protection is required. It can be considered as a lightweight MRAP. However it is not a replacement for dedicated armored or mine protected vehicles.

There are two versions of the AMPV. The Type 1 is a smaller vehicle. It has a payload capacity of 2.6 t. This protected vehicle accommodates four soldiers. The Type 2 is larger, better protected and carries more payload. Most of the components are interchangeable between both versions.

AMPV 1 or Type 1


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The AMPV 1 should have the dimensions of a VW van with 4.90 meters long, 2.20 meters wide and 2.10 meters high, approximately. The AMPV 2 should be slightly larger. The AMPV 1 is designed primarily as a patrol vehicles and should therefore provide the soldiers maximum protection against projectiles, mines or IEDs. A full-scale model was presented in June 2008 at the Eurosatory in Paris. The first prototype ran in 2009. Series production could start from 2011, if there are principal. Translated by google – Source panzerbaer.de


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  The AMPV offers a protected transport capacity. Its safety cell is made from steel armor with composite armor inserts. Interior is lined with a spall liner. Floor of the vehicle is reinforced for protection against mines and IEDs. Protection can be enhanced by adding passive armor modules. NBC protection system is proposed as an option.


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  The AMPV can be fitted with remotely controlled 7.62-mm or 12.7-mm machine gun, or a 40-mm automatic grenade launcher. These weapons are used for self-defense. Other weapon options are available.

7.62-mm Rheinmetall MG3


The MG3 essentially is a conversion of the MG42 to 7.62x51mm NATO. Early versions were simply conversions but later versions feature a multitude of minor upgrades in various areas. The MG3 retains the short recoil operation and roller locking mechanism. It is belt fed only and feeds from left to right. The square slotted forearm is open on the right to allow the quick change barrel to be removed. The MG3 can be used from the attached bipod, from a tripod and as a pintle mounted or coaxial machine gun.


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The MG3 fires the 7.62x51mm NATO round from 50 round DM1 continuous belts or M13 or DM6 linked belts, mostly of 120 round length. The cyclic rate of fire is about 1.200 rpm. This results in a high ammunition consumption and rapid overheating. The barrel should be changed every 150 rounds fired in rapid succession. The MG1A2 and MG42/59 versions have a lower rate of fire of 900 rpm. The maximum effective range is 600 m from the bipod and 1 km when used from a tripod. The slant range is much longer.


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Type Machine gun
Caliber 7.62x51mm NATO
Magazine Belt fed
Operation Short recoil, roller locking
Fire selector 0-F
Rate of fire 1.000 – 1.300 rpm
Barrel length 565 mm
Rifling 4 grooves, 305 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity 820 m/s
Stock Fixed
Length 1.225 mm
Width ?
Height ?
Weight 11.05 kg
Sights Iron sights, barleycorn front and notch rear, 200 to 1.200 m gradations, 430 mm sight radius
Remarks Bipod

MG3 data weaponsystems.net

12.7-mm machine gun M2A1


General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems developed the M2A1 .50 caliber weapon after more than 30 years of experience manufacturing the M2 heavy barrel (HB) machine gun for the U.S. Department of Defense.

The M2 machine gun is one of the world’s most reliable, highly accurate and effective weapons. The M2A1 offers the proven performance and in-place logistics
support of the existing M2HB machine gun, along with the new features and design improvements of the quick change barrel (QCB) system and flash hider. These upgrades increase the performance of the battle-proven M2 and are adaptable to existing M2HB weapons.


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  • Fixed headspace and timing
  • Reduces safety concerns associated with barrel
  • Simplifies warfighter training
  • Eliminates operator requirement to adjust the headspace and timing.
  • Positive barrel engagement
  • Ensures the barrel is securely locked and aligned with the patented J-slot barrel retention system.
  • Improved flash hider
  • Decreases muzzle flash, making the M2 night-vision friendly.
  • Robust, removable barrel handle
  • Streamlines hot-barrel changing.


Caliber .50 caliber / 12.7mm (NATO)
Weight 84 pounds (38.2 kg)
Length 67.75 inches (1,721mm)
Width 9 inches (230mm)
Cyclic rate of fire 450-600 rounds per minute
Muzzle velocity 2,910 feet per second
(890 meters per second)
Max Effective Range 2,000 yards (1,830m)
Maximum range 7,440 yards (6,800m)

M2A1 data gd-ots.com

40-mm automatic grenade launcher


MK-19 40mm grenade launcher @iracllc.com

MK19 40mm Machine Gun, MOD 3

The MK19 Mod3 40mm Grenade Machine Gun was first developed by the Navy in the early 1960’s. TACOM-ARDEC has since suggested modifications to this system which has enabled the Army to deploy the MK19 in the harsh environments encountered during world-wide operations and has therefore enhanced its performance. The MK19 firing rate is over 350 grenades per minute and it is effective to ranges of over 2200 meters. The system was deployed in Southwest Asia during Operation Desert Storm and devastated enemy infantry.


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Manufacturer: Saco Defense Industries
Length: 43.1 inches (109.47 centimeters)
Gun: 72.5 pounds (32.92 kilograms)
Cradle (MK64 Mod 5): 21.0 pounds (9.53 kilograms)
Tripod: 44.0 pounds (19.98 kilograms)
Total: 137.5 pounds (62.43 kilograms)
Muzzle velocity: 790 feet (240.69 meters) per second
Bore diameter: 40mm
Maximum range: 2200 meters
Maximum effective range: 1600 meters
Rates of fire:
Cyclic: 325-375 rounds per minute
Rapid: 60 rounds per minute
Sustained: 40 rounds per minute

MK-19 data fas.org

Remotely controlled WS



Modular and efficient
The remote controlled Light Weapon Station FLW 100 is constructed in a completely modular design. Via a standardized interface weapons of calibers 5,56 and 7,62 can be integrated quickly and safely. The interface and operating software permit the weapon system to be changed within minutes.

Adequately encountering any threat
Thanks to the simple adaptation without roof opening and their low weight, the FLW 100 can be employed across almost all vehicle types and also autonomously. – such as for camp protection. The same weapon station, for example, can be moved from a MBT to a low-protection patrol vehicle. Automatic vehicle detection, weapons, optoelectronic module, standardized operating and display concept, as well as cross-system standardized operating and display concept as well as an efficient safety and test system guarantee simple integration and operability.  The safety system of the weapon station takes into account the vehicle contours as well as the vehicle specific array of hatches, doors and sectors – the possibility of accidentally firing at the own vehicle is thereby eliminated.

Everything in sight
Modular optoelectronic sensor systems also guarantee optimized field surveillance, target acquisition and combat by day, night or under poor visibility. The system comprises a high-resolution CCD color camera with zoom, a powerful thermal imaging device (cooled or non-cooled), a unique image fusion function and a laser rangefinder for the modular surveillance, operating and display concept of the weapon stations.

Best response possibilities
The high elevation aiming angle from -15° to +70° offers distinct advantages, also in urban mission scenarios. The efficient combination of weapon options, high grade optoelectronics and stabilization guarantee a fast and precise reaction to threats, even when driving.

 The FLW 100 additionally allows: 

  • Adaption of protection systems (fog, NLW, etc.)
  • Adaption of further weapons of similar caliber
  • Adaption of ballistic protection elements
  • Integration sensors, such as  „sniper detection“
  • Scan mode
  • Adaption to command and simulation systems, recording software, etc.

Data kmweg.com



Modular and efficientThe remote controlled Light Weapon Station FLW 200 is constructed in a completely modular design. Via a standardized interface weapons of calibers 7,62/12,7 mm up to a 40 mm grenade launcher can be integrated quickly and safely. The interface and operating software permit the weapon system to be changed within minutes. The respective armaments – from the machine gun to the grenade launcher – are automatically detected and the weapon station adapts its ballistics accordingly. Source kmweg.com

Rheinmetall’s Rapid Obscurant System (ROSY) system


The ROSY_L smoke protection system helps to protect the crew and passengers of military and civilian vehicles from surprise attacks and ambushes e.g. during reconnaissance patrols or while travelling in convoy. Unlike conventional smoke and obscurant systems, ROSY_L produces within one second an instantaneous, large-area, multispectral interruption of the line of sight that shields even moving vehicles with a dynamic, long-lasting smoke screen.

Its multi-mission capability assures 360° protection from multiple attackers (stream and wave attacks). Moreover, thanks to effective screening in the visual and infrared spectrums, including integrated IR jamming and decoying effects, ROSY_L effectively thwarts attacks with all types of TV-, EO-, IR-, IIR-, laser- und SACLOS-guided weapons.

thumbnail_586432_495x300ROSY_L encompasses a basic system with a manual control unit and from one to four ROSY launchers per vehicle. A “one-click” adapter makes mounting the system on vehicles quick and easy, with no need for tools, particularly suitable for “fitted-for” installations.

Furthermore, the system features extreme modularity and can be directly linked to the sensor suite of the carrier vehicle’s computer systems. The ammunition variants can be individually selected and triggered, enabling optimum positioning of smoke screens. Source pressebox.com

At MSPO 2015

A interesting new offer presented in MSPO 2015 is the one made jointly with Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV), Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), and Poland’s ROSOMAK S.A. They showed the AMPV multirole wheeled vehicle which they offer for the PEGAZ (PEGASUS) modernization programme. This programme aims to procure up to 500 vehicles in two versions (combat and control) for the Land Forces (300) and Special Forces (200).


The AMPV is offered to Poland via RMMV, KMW, and Rosomak SA.

A version presented during MSPO 2015 has a more optimised interior design in order to accommodate required communication systems, weapons and additional equipment which might be necessary during long-range operations by Polish special forces. The transport section has been enlarged by 30 cm, which was necessary in order to meet PEGAZ’s requirements. This vehicle might be equipped with ROSY (Rapid Obscuring System for Land Vehicles) of Rheinmetall, which provides 360 degree protection. As presented, the AMPV was equipped with FONET internal communication system made by Poland’s WB Electronics and the ZSMU-1276 remotely controlled weapon system made by Poland’s ZM Tarnów (with thermal camera, daylight video camera, laser rangefinder and either 7,62 mm or 12,7 mm gun). In a standard configuration, the AMPV provides ballistic protection at Level 3 and mine protection at Level 4a/3b (ultimately 4b) according to STANAG 4569. Its declared range is 700km, maximum speed 110km/h. It can be transported by CH-47 and CH-53 helicopters or by transport aircrafts.


The AMPV features ZM Tarnow’s RCWS, and Rheinmetall’s ROSY.

Info miltechmag.com

Remote-controlled modules weapons OBR SM Tarnów

To remotely control modules (position), weapons fulfilled the requirements for the weapons of the modern battlefield, must possess a number of important characteristics. These positions should be a lightweight and efficient armament of tanks, military vehicles (eg .: wheeled armored personnel carriers, light commercial vehicles personality-field), vessels and stationary objects. They should ensure that customs and efficient fire without exposing the crew to the impact of the opponent. The design of them shall be able to configure weapons (eg .: heavy machine gun, machine gun, automatic grenade launchers and guided missiles) and the selection of appropriate modules observation and aiming for the weapons used. Posts should enable the implementation of the necessary range of angles the location of weapons and the correct speed and precision guidance, aimed to allow the operators of those positions on combating moving at different speeds ground targets and air targets such as .: helicopters.


Family ZSMU “Kobuz” used modules also have to provide an appropriate range of observation, the scope aiming in any weather conditions and at any time of the day or night. Remote control stations using weapons desktop with monitor and joystick placed in the vehicle to ensure maximum operator safety, because it is protected against fire from armored vehicle on which is mounted position. The use of remote-controlled weapon stations should not require significant changes in vehicle construction and reconstruction of systems of protection. Construction they should be characterized by easy assembly and disassembly of various types of weapons and ease of use. The base remotely controllable unit armed HM-ZSMU – A Basis for the remote-controlled unit armed HM-ZSMU-A is a set of enabling mounting: cradle for rifle 7.62 PKT (UKM 2000C ) cradle for gun 12.7 WKM-B universal cradle for gun PKT 7.62 (UKM 2000C) and 12.7 WKM-B or cradle for other types of equipment, eg. 40 mm grenade launchers. It is equipped with an adapter (beams) for fixing it on all types of passenger and cargo vehicles.


Basis of remotely controlled weapon module HM-ZSMU-A, its basic units and parts:
1. The beam (adapter)
2. The base rotational bearing
3. Chop the left (with the base drive raised)
4. Chop the right foundation for the measuring system to raise
5. Bolts marching (elevation and rotation)
6. System for measuring the angle of rotation
7. The base of the kickers smoke grenades
8. Reducer drive on the market
9. Reducer drive in raising
10. The control system
11. Swivel connector. Depending on the weapon, the basis of remotely controlled weapon module HM-ZSMU-A equipped with a cradle unit to be mounted gun 12.7 WKM-B, or 7.62 PKT (UKM-2000C). Remotely controlled weapon module ZSMU -762 A1


The ZSMU -762 A1 consists of the following elements:
1. Basis of remotely controlled weapon module HM-ZSMU
2. The team cradle for 7.62mm rifle UKM-2000C
3. The power supply system in the ammunition box with ammunition 250 pcs.
4. 7.62 mm rifle UKM-2000C with elektrospustem and components for assembly
viewfinder mechanical
5. The team aiming the camera day-night. Remotely controlled weapon module ZSMU-1276 A1


The ZSMU-1276 includes the following elements:
1. Basis of remotely controlled weapon module HM-ZSMU-A,
2. Team universal cradle for mounting gun 12.7 WKM-B or
rifle 7.62 UKM 2000C,
3. The power supply system in the ammunition box with ammunition for 150 or 200 pcs.,
4. Rifle 12.7 WKM-B elektrospustem and muzzle brake,
5. The team aiming the camera day-night. Remotely controlled weapon module has been installed and tested at the testing polygon on the car HMMWV 1043.Remotely controlled weapon module ZSMU-1276 A2


Completing the module intended for mounting on Rosomak
In consists of the following components:
I. Cradle complete
I.1. 12.7 mm rifle WKM-B system with adaptive
I.1.1. 12.7 mm rifle WKM-B
I.1.2. Elektrospust
I.1.3. Damper
I.2. Trigger mechanism
I.3. 7.62 mm rifle UKM-2000C system with adaptive
I.3.1. 7.62 mm UKM-2000C (equipped with rifle sights UKM-
I.3.2. Trigger mechanism rifle 7.62
I.4. The mechanism of electrical overload
II. Bed complete lower HM-ZSMU (without beam)
II.1. Team bed
II.2. Bolt marching
II.3. The base pin
II.4. The base drive
II.5. System for measuring the angle of rotation
III. Fixing the ammo box
III.1. Box ammunition 12.7 (200 pcs.)
IV. Handle box
IV.1. Ammunition box 7.62 (250 pcs.)
V. Team grenade launchers
V.1. Ejector
VI. Team sensors
VI.1. TV camera CCD
VI.2. An infrared camera
VI.3. Laser rangefinder
VII. ARM-08 / RM electromechanical equipment
VII.1. The control
VII.3. The band servo azimuth
VII.4. The encoder position in azimuth
VII.5. The band servo elevation
VII.6. Position encoder elevation
VII.7. Rotary joint
VII.9. Cable harnesses
VII.10. Desktop
VII.11. The keypad and module GYRO.
VIII. SSP-1 WHO “OBRA-3KTO” System samoosłony vehicle.


Module ZSMU-1276 A2 with a gun 12.7 WKM-B


Module ZSMU 1276-A2 rifle 7.62 UKM-2000C Intended basic assemblies ZSMU-1276 A1 mount a complete module armament and base swivel module weaponry , integrates all the basic mechanical systems remotely controlled weapon module and provides guidance weapon in azimuth in the range of angles x 360 degrees.


Bed complete (left) and turntable cradle is designed for installation and weapon control and for mounting the optoelectronics. It allows you to give an appropriate angle to raise weapons in the area -5o to more than 50 ° and allows you to change options of weapons and use 7.62 mm machine gun UKM-2000C. In the cradle is mounted electric system overload


Cradle complete 12.7 mm heavy machine gun WKM-B The team consists of: – WKM-B – muzzle brake, – elektrospust, – recoil dampers, – the rear clamp


12.7 mm heavy machine gun WKM-B system with adaptive 7.62 mm machine gun UKM-2000C , on which is mounted targeting systems rifle UKM-2000P


7.62 mm machine gun UKM-2000C system with adaptive system Adapter allows you to mount and operate gun UKM-2000C on ZSMU-1276 A2

Servo geared elevation and azimuth control in speed or positional weapons; in the servo motors include permanent magnet synchronous converters with rezolwerowymi shaft position, cycloidal gear (elevation) with high mechanical characteristics – high efficiency, high overload, lack of backlash and the planetary gear (azimuth) of high efficiency, very small clearances. In addition, propulsion systems have sufficient torque reserve allowing the correct operation of the three-axis stabilization.


Servo elevation system supply ammunition , comprising a removable ammunition box placed in the rack, which zataśmowana ammunition through the feed is fed to the gun WKM-B or UKM-2000C.Uzupełnianie ammunition ready for use is realized by exchanging boxes for ammunition suspended cradle module weapons. Boxes are located inside the vehicle. Reload the gun operator performs the desktop placed in the cradle controlling system overload, and in case of emergency operation, by overloading performed manually through the hatch on the outside of the vehicle. In safe mode, the operator can disengage the electric drive motor, which allows manual control of weapons and firing using a manual trigger. Guidance weapons at the target is carried out with the help of full-time iron sights weapons.


The power supply system to the gun 7.62 mm UKM-2000C (left) and 12.7 mm WKM-B option can be powered rifle 12.7mm ammunition from the box through a flexible sleeve. Flexible connection used to carry zataśmowanej 12.7 mm ammunition between the chest and throat ammunition karabinu.Rękaw flexible is a series of interconnected movable together narrow clamps the cartridge called cells. This makes for the possibility of movement of the belt ammunition in 3-ch directions. Flexible connection is connected to the ammunition box and the support sleeve on the cradle releasably, which allows for quick installation and removal of the tape ammunition.

rkaw elastyczny

a flexible sleeve


Link in the chain – in the middle of zataśmowany cartridge system grenade launcher containing 6 pcs. Smoke grenade launchers mounted on a swivel turret or elsewhere on nosicielu WHO ROSOMAK 1.Granaty smoke launcher can be fired from the operator panel or the desktop ZSMU OBRA-3. the hood can be inserted in the ejector, which is mounted on the front wall ZSMU 1276-A2. In this case, it is possible to use only grenades type GAK-81 and GM-81. When using other than / in – guns should be mounted outside the module such weapons. On adaptive system for mounting ZSMU-1276 A2 WHO or on the body of WHO ROSOMAK- 1.

hm zsmu-1276 a2 wyrzutnik granatw

Team grenade launchers mounted on the module ZSMU-1276 A2


Remote controlled weapon ZSMU-1276 A2 with a mounted band ejectors


A sample set of ejectors installed on the system Adaptive next ZSMU-1276 A2 Control systems devices ZSMU-1276 A2 Control panel and desktop wynośny consist of a 10 “LCD display with high contrast and keypad to speed-electric drives. On the desktop are placed switches and buttons to control the teams accessories, as well as lights indicating the current states of the devices. The display addition to the signal from the camera were placed additional information about the current position of the turret and armed state – the angles of elevation and lifting, ammunition and other.


Control panel – wynośny Controls nap Edam in elevation and azimuth, containing programmable module setting the zones prohibited and control of security against the possibility of control, eg. At the opening of the hatch. Control module supports input and output signals turrets and containing ballistic calculator.This module converts signals from the encoder absolute position in azimuth and elevation and provides support and control grenade launcher and elektrospustu. It also includes a system of counting missiles and programming the duration of the series. Three-axis stabilization unit compensates for the effect of the acceleration (found for example. During the movement of the vehicle) impinged on the rifle. Stabilization keeps a rifle axis directed in point.Stabilization unit is mounted on the fixed elements of WHO in the area of building ZSMU 1276-A2. The module optoelectronic laser distance meter allows you to measure the distance to the target. This measurement is used for calculator ballistic. You can work tools without a laser rangefinder, the information about the distance to the goal inflicted. Laser rangefinder, which is equipped optoelectronic module is a Class III and niskomocowym, secure to the unaided eye of a scale in the range of 100 to 2500 min I accuracy not worse than ± 5 m.

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Block Diagram Connection ZSMU-1276 at KTO TV camera in this version there is a daily TV camera with zoom lens enabling a smooth change of the field of view range from 30º to 1º This range is provided mainly for observing the area around the car, to search, track and engage targets moving quickly within destruction of weapons and for the detection of distant objects, as well as to improve the precision targeting objects within range weapons destruction. An infrared camera enables the identification of targets with dimensions of 4.6 2.3x distant at least 800 m in night conditions.


Team sensors – TV camera and thermal imager and laser rangefinder warning system for radiation SSP-1 OBRA-3 is mounted at the desired location, and WHO is connected to a control ZSMU-1276 A2. Information about radiation are transferred from OBRA-3 to the control ZSMU-1276 A2. Launchers are controlled from the operator panel. Operator fires grenades in the selected mode (automatic or semiautomatic) .If installation launcher system adaptive enter limitations resulting from the collision of weapons ZSMU flight paths and smoke grenades. Parameters tactical and technical ZSMU-1276 A2 and its component teams Tactical data: With wielkokalibrowym 12,7x99mm machine gun WKM-B – the mass of the module in full bundling 200 kg (full module configuration) – scatter 2x5strz. 100m distance R80 ≤ 65 cm – accuracy 2x5strz. distance 100m max. Pc – SPT≤27 cm With 7,62x51mm machine gun UKM-2000C – mass module full bundling 180 kg scatter 2x5strz. 100m distance R80 ≤ 24 cm – accuracy 2x5strz. distance 100m max. Pc – SPT≤10 cm Operation 1 person Range of elevation angle (to raise) from -5 ° min. + 50 ° angle range azimuth (rotation) x 360 ° control of the speed drives positional or angular velocities homing weapons horizontally and vertically: minimal – 1 mrad / s maximum – 2.5 rad / s (level) of 1.5 rad / s ( vertical) the maximum acceleration of 2.5 rad / s2precision guidance and stabilization of weapons ≤ 2.5 mrad system parameters aim: camera day: – CCD sensor resolution of 798 x 548 pixels – field of view of 1 ° to 30 ° (horizontal) – power supply 18 ÷ 32 VDC – standard output 1Vpp; 75V; pal – control interface RS 422 infrared camera -detektor does not require cooling, -Pol view -Wide 20ox15o -wąskie 5o x 3,75o -length wave of 8 to 12 microns -Power supply 12 VDC -interfejs control RS-422 laser distance meter class. III A safe for the human eye – the range of 100 m min. 2500 m – measuring accuracy of ± 5 m Number of ammunition 12.7 x 99 mm ready to use 200 units. The amount of ammunition 7.62 x 51 mm ready for use 250 pcs. Quantity of ammunition 12.7 x 99 mm carried in the vehicle (unit fire ) (6 boxes) 1 200 pcs. Quantity of ammunition 7.62 x 51 mm carried in the vehicle (fire unit) (8 cases) 2000 pieces. Launchers smoke grenades: 6 pcs. the warning system for radiation SSP-1 “OBRA-3” power source (with on-board network carrier) DC 24 V ± 4V remotely controlled weapon module ZSMU-127 B1 in the last two years in Research and Development Mechanical Equipment developed remote controlled weapon ZSMU-127B1. The main feature which distinguishes it from the family A1 is the fact that the ammunition box is not suspended to the cradle, but is attached to the turntable, and power rifle ammunition takes place through the flexible duct. Translated by google – Source js2010.pl


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The AMPV is powered by a 3.2-liter turbocharged diesel engine, developing 272 hp. Engine is coupled with an automatic transmission. Vehicle has a full-time all-wheel drive. The AMPV is fitted with a central tyre inflation system as standard. It is claimed that this vehicle has good cross-country mobility over rough terrain.

AMPV (15)

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ECS: AMPV AWD Drivetrain


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ECS’s 4WD-drivetrain is well-suited for AWD special vehicles and commercial vehicles in class N2 up to 10t for optimised off-road mobility.

Features and specifications

  • Optimized performance on- and off-road
  • Automatic gearbox (six-speed)
  • Synchronised two-speed transfer case with permanent AWD
  • Identical design of front and rear axle differential
  • Modular design of the planetary wheel hubs with CTIS capability
  • Electronically controlled differential locks for optimum traction
  • Designed for high mobility due to independent suspension system on all wheels
  • Weight optimised design
  • Proven strength and durability
  • Climate area C1 to A1 according to STANAG 2895
  • Used in high-mobility multi-purpose vehicles

Data army-technology.com

Steyr M16SCI, 3.2-litre

Motive power is provided by a Steyr Motors M16 SCI diesel engine that has the ability to operate for extended periods on high sulphur, low quality and military-specific fuels such as F34/JP-8. Twin 150A alternators provide electrical power for engine and associated systems, radios/communications equipment, and ancillaries such a remote weapon station. Source wikipedia.org


Engine Type M16 SCI
Cylinders 6
Displacement (cm³) 3,2
Bore (mm)/Stroke (mm) 85/94
Combustion system direct injection diesel engine
Injection control electronic
Charge system sequential charged with intermediate cooler
Rated power [kW] 200
Rated speed [rpm] 4000
Max. torque [Nm] at 610/2000
Specific fuel cons. [g/kwh]] 205
Exhaust emission EURO III/IV/V
Weight (kg) 290
Generator 14V or 28V/65-100A
Vacuum pump standard
Starter motor 12V or 24V/2.0-4.0 kW
Fuel feed pump electrical
A/C compressor option
Power steering pump option
Air compressor option
Auxilary poly-V-drive standard

Engine data steyr-motors.com

  This protected vehicle can be airlifted by the C-130 Hercules tactical cargo aircraft. A special patrol version of the AMPV Type 1 can be carried by a CH-53 helicopter.

Entered service ?
Configuration 4×4
Cab seating 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 7.3 t
Payload capacity 2.6 t
Length 5.43 m
Width 2.24 m
Height 2.18 m
Machine guns 7.62-mm or 12.7-mm
Engine diesel
Engine power 272 hp
Maximum road speed 110 km/h
Range 700 km
Gradient over 70%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 0.5 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m

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