SMASH enters remote gunnery fray [ID14D2]

06 November 2014

With both maritime security and force protection becoming increasing priorities for navies, Turkish defence electronics and systems house Aselsan (Hall A, Stand 106) has introduced a stabilised 30mm mounting to market as part of its family of shipborne remote control weapon stations.

Known as SMASH, the new system integrates a dual-feed ATK 30mm Bushmaster II cannon capable of firing 200 rounds a minute, an independent electro-optical sight onto a fully stabilised pedestal and an integral ballistics computer. A remote gun control unit is fitted below deck, ensuring protection for the operator.

The electro-optical sensor package – comprising a thermal camera, daylight TV camera and laser rangefinder – is installed on a lightweight, high accuracy stabilised gimbal, enabling elevation and training independent of the weapon mount. According to Aselsan, this means that the sensors can remain on the target at all times, including during firing. Furthermore, electrooptical surveillance can be undertaken without the need to train the gun onto the target.

SMASH can be controlled by a remote gun control unit fitted on the bridge deck or in the ship’s combat information centre. Alternatively, the system can be integrated into a wider combat system, enabling it to receive cues from the ship command system and/or other sensors.

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