IDEX 2017

Firepower from Russia [IDEX17D3]

21 February 2017

The Burevestnik Joint Stock Company Central Research Institute, which comes under the UralVagonZavod (Stand 9, Russian Pavilion), is showing its latest 30mm remote controlled weapons station (RCWS).

This has been developed as a private venture for installation on new tracked and wheeled armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs), or to be back-fitted to older platforms to enhance their firepower.

The main armament comprises the combat-proven stabilised 30mm 2A42 cannon, which has a cyclic rate of fire of up to 550 rounds/minute.

A total of 300 rounds of ammunition is carried, with the empty cartridge cases being ejected forward and outside of the turret.

Mounted co-axial externally on the left side of the turret is a 7.62mm PKTM machine gun, for which 1,000 rounds of ammunition are carried.

Either side of the 2A42 cannon is a bank of three standard 81mm grenade launchers, which are designated the 902V.

The sensor pod is mounted above the cannon and consists of a day TV camera, a thermal imager and an integrated laser rangefinder, which allows targets to be detected and engaged under almost all weather conditions. It also has an automatic target tracker fitted, which is very useful when engaging fast-moving targets on the battlefield.

According to the prime contractor, the sensor package can detect targets at a range of up to 3,500m in day conditions and up to 2,000m at night.

Turret traverse is all-electric through a full 360°, with weapon elevation from -10 to +60°. The weapons are laid onto the target by the gunner seated inside the platform under full armour protection using a liquid crystal display panel.

If required, the RCWS could be provided with two displays – one for the vehicle commander and one for the gunner.

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