Eurosatory 2014

Brush the barrel (ES14E5)

20 June 2014

In the heat of battle, the barrel of a tank, artillery system or naval gun has to continue delivering accurate fire. For that, it has to be well maintained.

Korean firm SooSung Defense Industries (Hall 5, Stand C448) developed the ROLLVI automatic bore cleaner that does the job effectively and quickly.

Operating in two cycles, the ROLLVI moves up and down the barrel, first cleaning it with a set of rotating steel brushes to dislodge grime while cleaning fluid is intermittently dispensed. In the second cycle, cotton brushes wipe up any remaining residue, including in the rifle grooves.

It is powered directly by the tank’s batteries or linked to both AC 110V-240V and DC 24V units. Being small in size, it was designed for the crew to do the cleaning from inside the vehicle. The ROLLVI has built-in sensors to extend its operation right to the end of the barrel and back again. Each brush latches on to each rifle groove, producing a result within minutes that cannot be replicated with other methods.

According to SooSung, the ROLLVI RB (rifle bore) comes in different models for calibres from 76mm to 155mm. Its SB version is suited to smoothbore weapons.

This new system is being shown at Eurosatory for the first time.

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