Africa Aerospace & Defense 2014

Affordable turret [AAD142]

18 September 2014

Denel Land Systems (DLS) unveiled its Light Combat Turret – Multi Calibre (LCT-MC) on the opening day of African Aerospace & Defence 2014. This has been developed using company funding and has already completed firing trials. It is ready for production as soon as a contract is received.

The LCT-MC is a one-person, manually operated turret that can be armed with a 7.62mm or a .50 M2 HB machine gun (MG), which are coupled to a ballistic computer. A bank of four 76mm grenade launchers is mounted on either side of the turret covering the frontal arc. On the right side of the turret is a searchlight. In addition to being armed with a 7.62mm or .50 MG, the cradle of the LCT-MC has been designed to accept larger calibre weapons such as a DLS GLI40 40mm automatic grenade launcher or even a DLS 20mm GA1 low recoil cannon.

The turret shell is of all-welded steel armour to which appliqué armour can be added for a higher level of ballistic protection. The BAE Systems sensor package is mounted on the right side of the turret and includes a three-field-of-view day camera, thermal imager and laser rangefinder Affordable turret The first example of the Denel Land Systems LCT-MC is armed with a .50 M2 HB machine gun, which can be rapidly exchanged for an alternative weapon for increased first-round hit probability. The low weight of 650kg allows it to be installed on vehicles such as the Casspir mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle. There is also growth potential to powered elevation and traverse and in the longer term even stabilisation.

DLS CEO Stephan Burger told the AAD Show Daily “this LCT-MC fills a gap in our turret portfolio for a more affordable turret” and that “DLS intends to become a one stop for complete turret systems”.

The first LCT-MC is the baseline design for the African market, which has no requirement for a sophisticated turret weapon system.

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