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DSEI 2017: Valhalla Turrets develops new RCWS, light turret

15 September 2017

Ljubljana, Slovenia-based Valhalla Turrets displayed two new turret systems at DSEI 2017 in London.Midgard mounts its sensor pod beneath the main armament. (IHS Markit/Patrick Allen)Midgard mounts its sensor pod beneath the main armament. (IHS Markit/Patrick Allen)

Development of the Midgard remote control weapon station (RCWS) and the Asgard light tactical Turret (LTT) completed in early September, and was conducted through internal research and development funding.

The first firing trials of the systems are slated to take place later this year.

In mid-2017 the company revealed that they had developed three new weapon systems: Asgard 125 GS (Grab and Shoot), MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected), and Asgard Remote Controlled Turret (RCT). These are now being regarded as technology demonstrators and led directly to the development of the two new weapon systems.

The Midgard RCWS shown at DSEI was armed with a 12.7 mm M2 HB machine gun (MG) with 500 rounds of ready-use ammunition and a 7.62 mm MG mounted coaxially with 1,200 rounds of ready-use ammunition.

Its design is such that a wide range of weapons can be fitted as the main armament, including Orbital ATG Armament Systems’ 30 mm M230LF, Oerlikon 20 mm KAE, Zastava M02 Coyote 12.7 mm, Nexter 20 mm M621, and a 40 mm MK19 automatic grenade launcher (AGL).

Secondary coaxial weapon options are 7.62 mm M240C, Zastava M86 7.62 mm, FN 5.56 mm Minimi, Heckler & Koch 7.62 mm MG5, and the Heckler & Koch 5.56 mm MG4.

Midgard has an electrical traverse system through a full 360°, with elevation from -23° to 60°, plus an optional higher elevation of 75°, with both operating at a maximum rate of 60°/s.

While some RCWS have the sensor pack located to the left or right of the armament, the Midgard’s sensor pod is located below the weapons and includes a day camera, thermal camera, and laser rangefinder.

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