Infantry Weapons

Teber-30 turret readies for trials

16 May 2017

FNSS Savunma Sistemleri has completed the first example of the latest version of the Teber-30 medium calibre two-person turret.

The initial Teber-30 features an MK 44 dual-feed cannon. (Christopher F Foss)The initial Teber-30 features an MK 44 dual-feed cannon. (Christopher F Foss)

Teber-30 - Battle Axe 30 mm - has been developed using internal research and development funding, as there is a clear trend for customers to require turrets with a calibre larger than 20 to 25 mm, and with enhanced optronics.

Firing trials for the Teber-30 will soon commence on a platform for static/static, static/moving, and ultimately engaging moving targets while on-the-move; according to a company spokesperson, "We hope to complete qualification some time later in 2018."

The turret is of all-welded aluminium armour with an applique layer for a higher level of protection, and there are also internal spall liners. Typically the turret weighs around 3,850 kg.

Teber-30 is armed with the combat-proven stabilised Orbital ATK Armament Systems 30 mm MK 44 dual-feed cannon and an Orbital ATK Armament Systems MK52 7.62 mm co-axial machine gun (MG).

A total of 300 rounds of 30 mm ready-use ammunition are carried with the mix depending on the role, but it typically consists of 210 high-explosive and 90 armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot.

The 7.62 mm co-axial MG has 1,000 rounds of ready-use ammunition. Empty cases are ejected outside of the turret.

The installation of Smoke grenade launchers would depend on the customer but typically would be two banks of 76 mm firing to the front.

The turret is configured with the gunner on the left and commander on the right, with both including large roof hatches. Each is provided with five roof-mounted periscopes for situational awareness when the hatches are closed.

The commander and gunner have the L3 Wescam MX-GCS stabilised sighting system. The commander's sight has full 360° traverse to enable hunter/killer target engagements.

Both positions have flat panel displays, with the control panel in the middle accessible by both crew members.

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