Public sector defence major Bharat Electronics (BEL) on Tuesday unveiled a new weapon control system — Remote-Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS)/Air Defence Weapon Station (ADWS) for 12.7 mm gun of MBT Arjun MK-II battle tank — at Aero India 2017.
RCWS is an improvised version of the manually operated air defence gun. Presently, the 12.7 mm guns of all tanks are manually-operated. RCWS integrated on MBT MK-II has successfully completed trials in September 2015, the company said in a statement.
RCWS has also been developed for use in armed repair and recovery vehicle (ARRV). It can also be mounted on hovercraft / fast moving boats for the Coast Guard.
The RCWS system is intended to lay and stabilise the NSVT 12.7 mm machine gun along with the optical sensors in traverse and elevation mounted on the MBT turret. The system allows the operator to control the gun and sight from the operating console and joy stick from inside the turret.