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IDEF 2017: Details of anti-tank SARP variant emerge

11 May 2017

Aselsan has developed a new variant of its Stabilised Remote Weapon Station (SARP), detailing the system at the IDEF 2017 defence exhibition in Istanbul. Incorporating an anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW), the SARP-Anti Tank variant builds on the baseline SARP.

The SARP-Anti Tank weapon station, showing the coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun, ATGW, and main .50 calibre machine gun. (IHS Markit/James Bingham)The SARP-Anti Tank weapon station, showing the coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun, ATGW, and main .50 calibre machine gun. (IHS Markit/James Bingham)

The SARP-Anti Tank is similar in appearance to the SARP, with a machine gun mounted centrally that has an electro-optical sight positioned beneath. This machine gun can be Western or Eastern in origin, including the 12.7 mm (.50 calibre) M2 HB or NSV, 7.62 mm FN MAG58 or M240 machine gun, or 40 mm MK 19 Mod 3 automatic grenade launcher (AGL). Additionally, a coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun is positioned on the right-hand side of the weapon station.

This new variant comprises a pair of horizontally mounted unspecified laser-guided anti-tank missiles, with the ATGW's Semi Automatic Command to Line of Sight (SACLOS)-based guidance system positioned on the top of the weapon station. The two missile launch tubes and fire control and guidance system is to the upper right-hand side of the main weapon. The operator, located below the weapon station in the platform vehicle, uses the SARP's interface to guide these missiles onto target.

The precise type of ATGW employed by the SARP-Anti Tank has not been specified by Aselsan, but appears to be Kornet-E launch tubes. The company has also used the Kornet-E in an RWS configuration as a four-round launcher; this was unveiled at IDEF 2015. While the precise platform fits are likely to be similar to those of the baseline SARP, the weapon station has appeared in marketing materials mounted to an Oshkosh M-ATV.

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