Ares, a Brazilian subsidiary of Elbit Systems will supply the Brazilian Armed Forces remotely Controled Weapon Stations (RCWS) over a period of five years supporting various armored vehicles programs.
The company Aeroespacial e Defesa S.A. (“Ares”) announced today the award of a framework contract from the Brazilian Ministry of Defense, in a total value of approximately $100 million, to supply 12.7/7.62 mm RCWS to the Brazilian Army. The RCWS, named REMAX, will be supplied over a five-year period. An initial production order, valued at approximately $7.5 million, has been received.
REMAX is a stabilized weapon station for 12.7/7.62 mm machine guns that was Specifically designed by Ares to meet Brazilian Army requirements as part of the VBTP program. The system have been successfully tested and fielded in Brazilian Army Guarani 6X6 vehicles. It will be used in armored vehicles and logistics vehicles utilized in combat for troop transport, border patrol and peace keeping missions. Some of the Brazilian VBTP vehicles are also armed with a larger weapon station mounting the 30mm automatic cannon.
As a major subcontractor to the Guarani program AEL was awarded in 2011 a framework contract valued at up to $260 million, to supply of UT30 BR 30 mm Unmanned Turrets to the Brazilian Army’s Land Forces. The contract calls for Elbit Systems’ UT30 BR to be installed onboard hundreds of Iveco 6×6 APCs. A year later, in 2012, the company was awarded $25 million order for the development and initial supply of REMAX weapon stations.