FN Herstal (Stand B110, Belgian Pavilion) is showing its DeFNder remote weapon station (RWS) armed with a .50 M3R machine gun. The company has confirmed it is already in service with undisclosed customers.
A key feature of the DeFNder RWS is its modular design, which allows it to be tailored to the end user’s specific operational requirements as to weapon and sensor pod. The example on display is fitted with OIP Sensor Systems’ EOPTRIS sensor package on the right side, which includes an uncooled thermal imager operating in the 8-12μm wavelength, with narrow and wide fields of view, charge coupled device day camera and an eye-safe laser rangefinder, which ensures the target is within effective range. The rangefinder has a maximum range of 8,000m and is stated to be accurate to ±5m. The weapon is laid onto the target by the gunner located safely in the hull of the platform, using a flat-panel display and joystick.
Other weapon options include 5.56mm and 7.62mm machine guns, up to a 40mm automatic grenade launcher.
Traverse is electric through a full 360°, with weapon elevation from -40° to +70° at 90°/s.
This type of RWS is normally installed on armoured personnel carriers as their main armament, but can also be installed on turrets of heavier armoured fighting vehicles to provide a close-in self-defence capability.