Dual RWS

Manufacturer: Dynamit Nobel GmbH  
Product type: Turrets  
Name: Remote controlled weapon station  

Germany's Dynamit Nobel Defence revealed a new pre-production remote weapon station (RWS) in late April.

The system does not have a formal name at the moment, known simply by the company as the Dual RWS, because it mounts paired weapon systems. It was privately developed with an eye on the export market and has already been demonstrated in at least one undisclosed country in the Middle East, installed on a wheeled armoured fighting vehicle.

So far, two examples have been completed, with the second to what is described as an almost pre-production standard. Final production standards would depend on end users requirements, with systems apparently applicable to both upgrade or newbuild vehicles, as the primary or secondary weapon system and also for naval applications.

Unusually, machine guns or automatic grenade launchers in the RWS can be reloaded from under armour. An ammunition counter enables the operator to keep track of the weapons' status and when magazines run low, both ammunition boxes can be lowered into the hull of the vehicle for replenishment. The crew can also remotely cock the weapons.

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