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John Cockerill Defense’s PWS Gen 2 completes trials

28 January 2020
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A French Arquus VAB Mk 3 fitted with the PWS Gen 2 engages a target while moving. Source: John Cockerill Defense

Belgium's John Cockerill Defense (previously CMI Defence) has confirmed that its private venture Protected Weapon Station Generation 2 (PWS Gen 2) finished trials in late 2019 and is now at Technology Readiness Level 7 (TRL 7), meaning it is an operationally demonstrated prototype.

According to Simon Haye, chief marketing officer at John Cockerill Defense, "The PWS Gen 2 has now undergone successful firing trials integrated onto a French Arquus Vehicule de l'Avant Blinde [VAB] 6×6 Mk 3 armoured personnel carrier [APC] [and] targets were successfully engaged while the platform was moving, followed by engagement of moving targets while the platform was moving."

During these trials, the PWS Gen 2 was armed with a Northrop Grumman Armament Systems (previously ATK) 25 mm M242 dual feed cannon with a 7.62 mm machine gun (MG) mounted co-axially to the left.

A John Cockerill Defense computerised fire control system (FCS), which includes a mast-mounted meteorological sensor, was coupled to a French SAFRAN stabilised roof-mounted panoramic sighting system with day/thermal channels and an eye-safe laser rangefinder.

The latest PWS Gen 2 was shown as a full-scale mock-up at the 2018 Eurosatory exhibition in Paris, and in late 2019 another full-scale mock-up was shown fitted to the latest Indonesian PT Pindad Komodo 4×4 APC. The system was demonstrated at the 2019 Bushmaster User Conference in the United States, installed on an Oshkosh Defense M-ATV 4×4 platform.

Haye said a key feature of the PWS Gen 2 was its flexibility to meet diverse users' requirements as, for example, "the mantlet has been designed to be fitted with various types of weapons ranging from a stabilised 12.7 mm machine gun up to a 20 mm, 25 mm, or 30 mm cannon".

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