RCWS: Remote Controlled Weapon Station

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  1. methos

    methos Regular Member

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    You mean Rheinmetall Canada Amarok RWS.

    KMW makes these two:
    FLW 100 and 200 (FLW = Fernbedienbare Leichte Waffenstation = Remotely operated light weapon station)

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    FLW 100

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    FLW 200

    FLW 100 can take 5.56 mm and 7.62 mm NATO MGs, while FLW 200 can also take 12.7 mm HMGs and 40 mm GMGs.
     
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  2. Kunal Biswas

    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    M153 protector

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  3. Kunal Biswas

    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    Enforcer RWS

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  4. Damian

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    M1A2SEP v2 in South Korea, M153 RWS is mounted as standard element of tank.
     
  5. Kunal Biswas

    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    Looks like M153 protector
     
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    Kunal.

    More than just pasting pictures, since you seem to know much about weapons, explain why Remote Weapons Platforms are better than what is current.

    It will help all to understand beyond the fascination of new pictures.
     
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  8. Kunal Biswas

    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    @Sir,
    I have explained its use on first page, first post, But i will tell in brief .

    RCWS are remote controlled Weaponry systems, These are mounted outside of a vehicle instead of a manned turret, The operator sit inside the vehicle and operates the RCWS on outer surface of the vehicle, The reason RCWS are popular is because it remove the man from direct fire on to him personally, the operator sit inside a armored vehicle and freely engage enemy firing at him, And he can engage them with heavy and accurate, If there is any harm done it will be on the unmanned system above the vehicle where the operator is safe inside the vehicle from fire..


    Also the use of RCWS reduce the extra weight of the vehicle as its lighter than a armored turret, In that way the weight reduced can be gained over the hull of the vehicle to increase protection level..
     
  9. sayareakd

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    RCWS has many advantages,

    First it protect the soldiers from direct exposure to enemy fire.
    Second it provide firepower on move with accuracy (with gyro stabilized system)
    Third it can also be used for observation and training tool
    Fourth it can be connected to BMS and network centric systems.(in future it can be operated from remote location)
    Fifth it can be used in day and night.
    Last but not least this capabilities increases moral of the soldiers.

    enemy can be effectively taken out and their moral is defeated. Specially in low intensity conflicts.
     
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    Unlike a manned turret the RCWS is connected to the commander's or gunner's thermal sights, so he can engage the enemy without having to rely on regular eyesight alone.
     
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    With Slew to Cue capability of some RCWS which are light weight, one can now increase the applications from vehicle mounted to unmanned border patrolling using various detectors like Millimeter Wave Radar to automatically track & identify intrusions or have rules based application to fire at suspects/targets 24/7 in any high security area or border areas.
    Development for vehicle based RCWS in on in India at the moment using light weight RCWS using locally manufactured INSAS & LM.
     
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    Shot at 2011-02-17

    can you see small remote weapon (rifle) on the Esteem car, this one is Unmanned car (UGV) by DRDO.
     
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  13. Kunal Biswas

    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    Army sees 10,000 CROWS manufactured


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    The Armyis marking the manufacture of the 10,000th M153 Common Remotely Operated Weapons Station, known as CROWS.



    The CROWS system allows a weapon such as the M2 .50-caliber machine gun to be mounted atop a vehicle, such as the Humvee, and be targeted and fired remotely from inside the vehicle. This allows a Soldier operator to stay safely inside the vehicle.

    Army officials from PEO Soldier, along with Pennsylvania Congressman Mark Critz and Norwegian Defense Attaché Rear Admiral Trond Grytting are attending a March 26 event at Kongsberg Protech Systems in Johnstown, Pa.

    "The growth of this program can be primarily attributed to one thing -- Soldier demand," said Mary Miller, deputy PEO Soldier. "CROWS continues to prove itself as a significant force multiplier on the battlefield with tremendous opportunities for further development."

    The Army has fielded thousands of CROWS II systems in support of Soldiers since 2007 across the theater of operations on more than a dozen vehicle platforms. The program reached a major milestone in February when the Army classified the CROWS program with ACAT I status, recognizing the CROWS among the elite levels of the DOD's major defense acquisition programs.

    CROWS is a turret system that provides Soldiers the ability to employ cameras, sensors, and weapons from inside the protection of an armored vehicle. CROWS provides fire superiority for the Soldier as a result of its ability to turn "area weapons," such as the M2 .50 caliber machine gun into on-the-move precision engagement weapons.

    The Army launched its third CROWS competition January 9. The new contract will enable the Army to procure additional CROWS systems; maintain current and new systems with repairs and spare parts; and secure engineering services needed for product improvements and field service support. The contract competition closed March 23 and the Army anticipates awarding a contract in the fall of 2012.


    EXPANDING CROWS CAPABILITY

    Program engineers and Soldiers alike continue to expand upon the range of applications possible for the CROWS platform. One example is the fielding of one of the Army's "Greatest Inventions" for 2010, the "Green Eyes" Escalation of Force Kit. The non-lethal green laser offers Soldiers an interim step in the escalation of force by temporarily disrupting vision and sending a warning signal across language and cultural barriers to keep innocent people from entering into harm's way.

    The Army's product manager for crew served weapons incorporated Soldier feedback from an earlier operational assessment to improve the fit and function of a second generation of escalation of force kits.

    Soldiers recently began to look for ways to leverage CROWS' target identification and day/night surveillance capabilities in support of force protection. Units requested fixed site mounting kits to install CROWS in guard towers to better monitor areas and target threats remotely from inside a protected structure. PM CSW began installing fixed sites in January 2012. Fielding teams plan to install systems at various combat outposts and forward operating bases throughout Afghanistan in 2012.

    Other accessory upgrades of interest include a secondary screen to assist in verifying enemy combatants prior to engaging with lethal force, enhanced sensor capability, additional weapon integrations such as Javelin, and integrated 360-degree situational awareness.

    The Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, which acts as the proponent for the CROWS program, is currently developing a new requirement that will determine what the future CROWS will provide in terms of capability and characteristics. The next chapter for CROWS will be written in the coming years as the proponent's new requirement is staffed, approved, and executed by PM CSW.


    Army Guide - Army sees 10,000 CROWS manufactured
     
  14. bhramos

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    what would happen IF a sniper shoots its eye and blind it!!
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    what if RPG fired at it and sucessfully defended but its fragments blind its eye..
     
  15. sayareakd

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    replace it with another one, BTW lens is bullet proof and panel is also blast proof, systems is modular so it can be easily replaced. Every system in the world has its limitation.

    BTW watch this system.

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    blast proof panels at the sides. :cool2:
     
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    Kongsberg – Protector CROWS (M151) NL Package

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    any idea what is on the left side ?

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    is it to balance the RCWS ?
     
  17. kaustav2001

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    Actually quite a few of the new breed of RCWS (like Samson) sport something called as a gun-shot locator for detecting in commming shots from enemy snipers. I had some links on it unfortunately can't find them right now. Even existing RCWS can be mated with available products such as "SpotLite" from Rafael.
    http://www.rafael.co.il/marketing/SIP_STORAGE/FILES/9/899.pdf
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    http://www.iai.co.il/sip_storage/FILES/5/37555.pdf
     
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    From the same site...
    "It is also furnished with a fully integrated fire control system that provides ballistic correction".

    Not sure but appears to be some kind of a radar (Trajectory correction system) for accurate fire-on-d-move.
    Just my 2 cents.
     
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  19. Damian

    Damian Defence Professionals Defence Professionals

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    That thing You are asking for is a non lethal sound weapon. There are several different systems designed, for example one called Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD).
     
  20. Rahul92

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    Awesome.............. is it automatic
     

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