Sea Platforms

Russian FACs receive Uprava-Kord RCWS

31 July 2018

A Project 03160 Raptor boat armed with the Uprava-Kord RCWS is pictured during Russia’s Navy Day parade in St Petersburg on 29 July. Source: Nikolai Novichkov

The Russian Navy’s newest fast attack craft (FAC) are being fitted with the Uprava-Kord marinised remote controlled weapon station (RCWS), a military source told Jane’s.

“The cutting-edge Russian FACs, namely, Project 03160 Raptor and Project 12150 Mangust [Mongoose], are being fitted with Uprava-Kord unmanned weapon stations,” the source said.

The dual-axis stabilised RCWS features an integrated electro-optic (EO) suite, and a separate gyrostabilised EO station can also be used, he said.

The Uprava-Kord RCWS has a height of 1,100 mm, a maximum turning radius of 1,355 mm, and a maximum weight of 200 kg. It has a traverse angle of 200° and an elevation angle varying between -20° and +80°. The module’s EO suite incorporates a thermal imager, a wide-angle colour TV camera with variable focus, and a laser target illuminator.

The Uprava-Kord can be armed with a Vladimirov KPVT 14.5 mm heavy machine gun (HMG), Kord 12.7 mm HMG, or Kalashnikov PKT 7.62 mm general-purpose machine gun.

“The RCWS integrated with the Project 03160 Raptor FAC is armed with a KPVT, while that of the Project 12150 Mangust features a Kord machine gun,” the source said. The station can be fitted with an automatic target tracker and a ballistic calculator.

“In the full configuration, the Uprava-Kord is capable of engaging low-flying aerial targets, such as unmanned aerial vehicles,” the source said.

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