The International Golden Group (IGG) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has developed a new remote weapon station (RWS) to the prototype stage.
Called the IGG-RWS14, the designation of ‘14’ denotes that it is armed with the Russian 14.5 mm KPV series heavy machine gun (MG), which is widely used in Russian armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) as well as in towed anti-aircraft guns.
The 14.5 mm KPV is armed with 200 rounds of ready-use ammunition, which is fed from the ammunition box located on the left side.
Traverse is electric through 360° with elevation, also electric from -17° to 60° which improves its effectiveness in an urban environment.
Total weight is dependent on the weapon and its associated ammunition but is stated to be around 290 kg.
The sensor pod is mounted externally on the right side and consists of a day sight that is stated to have a target recognition range of up to 3,800 m, a thermal sight with a stated detection range of 4,000 m, and a target recognition range of 2,000 m.
Mounted co-axially with the day and thermal devices is a laser rangefinder that is accurate from 50 m to 4,000 m.
When compared with the widely deployed 12.7 mm M2 HB MG, the Russian 14.5 mm KPV provides more firepower and IGG claims that up to 20 mm of rolled homogeneous armour can be penetrated by a 14.5 mm armour-piercing round at an angle of 50° out to a distance of 2,000 m.
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