Africa Aerospace & Defence 2018

Rapid fire with high accuracy [AAD18D2]

20 September 2018

Turkish company Aselsan (Hangar 7, Stand CW12) has brought its Stabilised Advanced Remote Platform (SARP) to AAD 2018, armed with a fully stabilised .50 M2 HB machine gun.

Traverse is all-electric through a full 360° at a maximum speed of up to 60°/s and with weapon elevation from -30° to +60°, also at 60°/s. The high elevation of the SARP is very useful when engaging targets operating in an urban environment.

The ammunition container is mounted to the left of the machine gun, while the sensor pod is mounted on the right. This consists of a charge coupled device (day camera with narrow, middle and wide field of view) and a thermal imager with x2 digital zoom. An eye-safe laser rangefinder is fitted, which has a maximum range of 20,000m, with a claimed accuracy of ±5m, and this allows the operator to make certain the target being engaged is within the effective range of the weapon fitted. The operator is seated under cover and can rapidly lay the weapons onto the target using twin control handles.

The Aselsan SARP is typically fitted to tracked and wheeled armoured personnel carriers as the main armament, but has also been fitted on the turret roof of main battle tanks to provide a close-in self-defence capability. It has also been shown integrated onto unmanned ground vehicles, including the Milrem.

While the example of the SARP being shown at AAD is fitted with the widely deployed .50 M2 HB machine gun, it can fitted with other weapons, including 5.56mm and 7.62mm machine gun and a 40mm automatic grenade launcher, or combinations of these weapons.

There is also a SARP antitank version with a pair of missiles mounted horizontally on top.

It can also be integrated with other vehicle-mounted sensors, such an acoustic detection device. This would detect incoming small arms fire, locate the target and swing the SARP onto the threat, with the gunner then deciding whether or not to engage the target.

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