UT 25 / ORCWS 25
|Manufacturer:||Elbit Systems Ltd.|
|Name:||Remote controlled weapon station|
The ORCWS 25 mm (UT-25) are fully-overhead Unmanned Turrets capable of transforming every Armored Personnel Carrier into an Armored Fighting Vehicle with no vehicle deck penetration.
The UT-25 are dual-axis stabilized systems (cannon and sight are separately and independently stabilized) for 25 Guns, optionally integrated with anti-tank missiles. Among their outstanding design features are a very low silhouette, light weight and a fold-flat capability.
Elbit Systems's EFW subsidiary demonstrated at MDM 07 the Unmanned Turret concept designated UT-25-30, installed on a USMC Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV). The turret mounts the M242 25mm automatic cannon or the MK44 30 mm
cannon, both from ATK, and a coaxial 7.62mm machine gun. Demonstrations of the UT25-30 were recently performed for the USMC on LAV-25 and the AAV. The overhead unmanned turret has several advantages, since it does not require any roof penetration, preserves valuable internal space (in the AAV example) or clearing significant internal space in the LAV-25, by removing the original manned turret. Maintained at an optimal position about three feet above deck (960-983 mm) the weapon-mount offers high elevation and depression angles - an important factor for urban engagement. An innovative folding mechanism reduces the system's height to 1.5 ft (about 50 cm) maintaining low silhouette and assuring transportability in C-130 Hercules aircraft.