BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa (BAES) has teamed with PPS Vehicles, a subsidiary of Slovak-based Company SITNO, to offer the Tactical Remote Turret (TRT) for armored vehicle modernization and upgrading programs scheduled by armed forces of the Eastern Europe region. According to Ludovit Cernak, member of the SITNO board in Slovakia, this new cooperation follows a market shift in the modernization of ex-Soviet combat systems.
The TRT is a family of remotely controlled turrets operated by a single gunner, offering self-protection and ground fire support for Light Armored Vehicles, Mine Protected Vehicles and Infantry Combat Vehicles. The low weight makes it also feasible for amphibious applications. The armament suite combines a rapid-fire cannon, co-axial machine gun and antitank guided missiles or combination thereof.
A simple vehicle interface enables integration of the turret on existing vehicles as part of a modernization program, with benefits such as weight reduction, increased internal space for crew or load capacity, and improved operator interface.