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M09 Remote controlled weapon station with 12.7mm HMG

M09 RCWS armed with 12.7 mm HMG represents a modern weapon system intended for integration with light multi-role armored vehicles

Remote controlled weapon station comprises:
  • fighting section of the station placed on a vehicle
  • Control–command block with FCSA placed inside the vehicle.  
The fighting section of the station comprises:
  • Armoured hull movable only in azimuth (electromotive drive) and armoured mount-machine gun cradle with 12.7 mm machine gun movable only in elevation (electromotive drive)
  • optoelectronic block (housing) connected to the machine gun cradle axis and
  • ammunition box with the capacity of 180 rounds placed on the left side of the armoured hull.

    Inside the armoured hull electromotor reduction gear for weapon station drives in azimuth and elevation. The same space is occupied by the electronics for electromotor drive.

Optoelectronic block is comprised of
  • laser range finder
  • day sight channel with CCD camera
  • wide-angle camera for observation and aiming with magnification of up to10x
  • night channel for observation and aiming–thermal camera
  • control command block is located inside the vehicle and it comprises:
  • command block with controls for camera selection and
  • control sticks with joystick for moving the weapon station in elevation and azimuth.

     Integrated RCWS dramatically increases total vehicle firepower, situation awareness and crew survivability. Observation and engagement of targets can be done in daylight and night conditions at long ranges, due to high resolution CCD TV camera, thermal imaging camera and laser rangefinder. Targets can be engaged with fast and accurate machine gun fire due to advanced integrated FCS featuring ballistic computer with automatic reticule generation. When integrated with MBT, RCWS can be used in “hunter-killer” mode, where owing to 360 degs area coverage, high priority targets can be brought to the gunner’s field of view by automatic main gun and turret movement.


RCWS performances

     Type                                                 Remotely controlled weapon station, with fire control system

     RCWS drive in traverse and elevation             electrical

     Azimuth field of action                                  ~ n x 360º

     Elevation field of action                                   ~ -70 to +600

        12.7 HMG (Heavy machine gun)                   NSV modernized, self-contained, externally mounted

  • Caliber                                                               12.7 x 108mm
  • Time of preparation for firing                            ~ 60 sec.
  • Operation mode                                                gas operated
  • Maximum range of firing:  

            - Against aerial targets                              ~ 1,500 m

            - Against ground targets                             ~ 2,000 m

  • Machine gun feeding                                            belt fed
  • Number of rounds per belt                                   180
  • Rate of fire                                                           680 – 800 rounds/min
  • Machine gun weight                                            ~ 28kg


 System components

Weapon control, sighting and firing             remote via joystick and computer with fire control system software

Sighting devices:             

  • Day channel:                         Telescopic sight with CCD TV camera

                                 High resolution CCD TV camera

  • Night channel       Thermal imaging camera
  • Laser channel                       Eye safe laser rangefinder
  • Computer unit      Ruggedized tablet PC
  • Control unit                          
  • Power supply unit               

Main technical characteristics

Telescopic                     sight with CCD TV camera

Magnification:               > 4 x

  • Field of view :            80 x 60

 High resolution             CCD TV camera

  • FOV                            460 (wide end) to 50 (tele end)


  • FOV:                                       4.60 x 3.70  
  • Wavelength:                         7.5 – 13.5 µm
  • Sensor type:                         uncoiled VOx micro bolometer


  • Range ≥ 2000m
  • Type: eye safe


  • Ruggedized tablet PC computer with touch screen display
  • Display size: min 7”


  • 1 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x DC power connector
  • 1 x RJ45 Ethernet
  • 1 x docking connector with USB interface and power supply


  • Integrated WLAN 802.11a/b/g and Bluetooth
  • Storage
  • Minimum 16 GB solid state disk