Ukraine’s JSC Chezara unveiled a new remotely operated weapon station (ROWS) at the Arms and Security Exhibition 2017, in Kiev.
The company’s IVA ROWS was shown integrated on board a Varta 4x4 vehicle and is designed to provide Ukrainian forces with a modern capability to engage lightly armoured vehicles, fixed positions, and personnel. The company has also stated that the system will have utility against helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles, due to its elevation range.
IVA features a central pillar that houses the machine gun, to the right of which is an optical sensor suite; on the left and side are a grenade launcher and a pod of five smoke grenade launchers – the 902U Toucha was shown.
The ROWS weighs 270 kg and can be installed on most armoured vehicles and has little impact below the roofline. IVA has a modular design and can accommodate a range of weapons, which can be coupled to a modern fire control system.
Regardless of the main armament, the IVA is fully stabilised and the company claims that the stabilisation system takes two minutes to become operational once activated. Weapons on display for integration on the IVA included the KBA-117 automatic grenade launcher produced by the State Enterprise Artillery Armament in Ukraine, and a 12.7 mm NSVT machine gun. A total of 500 rounds are carried for the latter and just 29 for the former.
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