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DSA 2022: Malaysian firm ADS displays new Advanced Weapon Station

ADS said its Advanced Weapon Station is scalable to customer requirements. (Janes/Shivanand BM)

Malaysian company Advanced Defence Systems (ADS) displayed an indigenously developed Advanced Weapon Station (AWS) at the DSA 2022 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur.

The company said the remotely operated AWS has completed field trials and is expected to be delivered to the Malaysian Armed Forces by mid-2022.

According to ADS, the AWS is capable of delivering firepower through a heavy machine gun of 12.7 mm or a machine gun with 7.62 mm calibre. The company said the AWS, which is fitted with a high-resolution camera, is scalable according to user requirements.

Other significant features of the AWS include its light weight to enable fitting onto light and heavy armoured vehicles; its high-resolution 10-inch display and joystick; and a sensor unit providing day, fusion, and thermal views.

The AWS weighs 130 kg and has a sweep radius of 0.6–1 m. It can carry 200 and 400 rounds of 12.7 mm and 7.62 mm, ly. Its physical elevation/depression movements are +50/-10 degrees. AWS works with a minimum voltage of 18 vdc and with a maximum voltage of 32 vdc, and adheres to MIL-STD-461E.

The company said the sensor unit located on the control station is capable of an identification range of 4,500 m. The AWS also has a claimed recognition range of 5,500 m and a detection range of 12,500 m.

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