IDF M-113 Upgrading Program

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Remote Control Weapon Station -Israel Military Industries

At LIC-2004 Israel Military Industries unveiled a new design of a remotely controlled weapon station, designed for installation on armored vehicles, offering operation of observation, targeting and weapon systems from within the vehicle, taking advantage of the vehicle’s ballistic protection. The weapon station is designed as a compact, low-profile station which can carry 7.62mm (MAG or Negev) machine guns, 12.7mm (0.5″) Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) or 40mm M-19 Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL). The weapon’s mounts are stabilized, therefore improving firing accuracy.

According to IMI, the modular design of the system enables the integration of systems to best suit the customer’s requirements. These can include customer furnished electro-optics and integration with external devices such as on-board or external target acquisition systems. The system uses an integral, modular optronic pod housing various types of electro-optical components, including day, night optics and target ranging and marking devices. The system is operated from a computer-driven remote control console where the operator monitors the sight display on the console, and sets zoom and aiming, to activate the weapon. The system is currently under development and is expected to be available for production with the delivery of upgraded M-113 L-VAS systems.