Valhalla Turrets of Slovenia have revealed that they have commenced a private-venture project to develop the Hildgard 57 Medium Remote Gun System (MRGS), with a technology demonstrator expected to be completed by the second half of 2018.
The Hildgard MRGS effort leverages from their developed Midgard remote control weapon station (RCWS) and Asgard Light Tactical Turret (LTT) are soon expected to enter trials.
The system is designed for new-build or upgraded tracked and wheeled armoured fighting vehicles (AFV) to provide the user with increased firepower when compared to existing RCWS and one and two person turrets that are normally armed with a 25-mm, 30-mm, or 40-mm cannon.
The Hildgard 57 MRGS uses the 57 mm L/76.6 rifled weapon from the Russian S-60 towed anti-aircraft gun which is fitted with a pepper pot muzzle brake with the Russian 14.5 mm KPVT heavy machine gun (HMG) mounted co-axially above the main weapon.
This weapon combination would enable the gunner, seated under full amour protection in the hull, to select the best weapon suited to engage the potential target to conserve ammunition, with larger or better protected threats engaged by the 57 mm gun and the 14.5 mm KPVT HMG responsible for dismounted infantry as well as lighter or less protected targets.
The standard Russian S-60 57 mm towed anti-aircraft gun is typically fed with four-round clips from the left side with the empty cartridge cases being ejected to the right. However for the Hildgard 57 MRGV, the company is developing a clipless, chain driven mechanical ammunition handling system which will have 33 rounds of 57x348 mm ready use ammunition with the spent cartridge cases being ejected forward and out of the right side.
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