Infantry Weapons

Eurosatory 2018: Arquus readies Hornet RCWS

15 June 2018
The Hornet RCWS is equipped with a 12.7 mm M2 HB machine gun and a bank of Galix electrically operated grenade launchers. Source: Christopher F Foss

France’s Arquus (previously Renault Trucks Defense) has completed development of the Hornet remote controlled weapon system (RCWS) which will be fitted to future French Army armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs).

The first application for the Hornet RCWS will be for the new 6×6 Griffon armoured personnel carrier (APC) from 2019, followed by the 6×6 Jaguar reconnaissance vehicle from 2021.

The most basic version, called the Hornet Lite, will be installed on some models of the Griffon APC and will be armed with a 7.62 mm machine gun (MG) provided with 400 rounds of ammunition.

Features include a manual firing mode, automatic cocking, and ammunition counter. The company also claims that the weapon station is capable of compensating for vehicle movement and roll.

The standard Hornet RCWS can be armed with a 7.62 mm MAG58 with 1,000 rounds of ammunition, 12.7 mm M2 HB MG with 300 rounds, or a 40 mm automatic grenade launcher (AGL) with 64 grenades. Ammunition is stored in a box magazine on the left side.

It has the same features as the basic variant, although it is also fitted with eight Galix electrically operated grenade launchers which can fire a variety of munitions including obscurant and riot control.

The sensor pack is mounted on the right side and includes a day camera, thermal camera, and laser rangefinder.

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