Africa Aerospace & Defence 2016

Improving survivability [AAD16D1]

14 September 2016

The Jordan Advanced Machining Company (Hangar 2, on KADDB Investment Group Stand CW20) is now in production of its latest Snake Head Cupola Mk II. This is being installed on the Paramount Mbombe 6 (6x6) armoured personnel carriers (APCs) entering service with the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF).

Snake Head has been designed to be installed on new-build tracked and wheeled armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) or older platforms to improve the survivability of the gunner. It is installed on the roof of the platform and provides the gunner with protection from small arms fire and shell splinters. It has electric traverse through 360º and is typically armed with a .50 M2 HB machine gun, although other weapons can be fitted according to requirements. The MG has a maximum elevation of +50º and a depression of -10º, the former being very useful in urban operations.

The cupola is of welded steel construction and 13 bullet/ splinterproof vision blocks provide situational awareness through a full 360º. There are also three sliding gun ports.

Mounted on the left side is a 24V white light searchlight. This has its own power supply of two 12V batteries that in addition to providing power for traverse and the searchlight, provide power for the suction fan that removes fumes when the weapon is fired.

The gunner can enter via the vehicle or through the single-piece hatch cover that opens to the rear.

The Snake Head Cupola Mk II is also being marketed in the static role to protect high-value civil and military installations.

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