Warfare and weapons have come a long way from a gunner bouncing around on top or in the back of a jeep like an extra in “Kelly’s Heroes”. Remote Weapon Systems (RWS), fielded first in 2004, changed all of that, allowing gunners in smaller vehicles to to identify targets, aim, and fire using a fire control console and display inside the vehicle. In addition, these weapons systems added integrated high-resolution optics for surveillance and spotting targets, and dynamic positioning systems to keep the weapon on the target even as the vehicle travelled over rough terrain or engaged in rapid fire mode. More importantly, gunners were able to get out of the line of fire and reduces their vulnerability to roadside explosive devices and other threats.
So what does a remote weapon station look like on the vehicle, on the move, or while firing? This U.S. Army video offers a great illustration of RWS units on the firing range as well as feedback from soldiers in the field in Iraq.
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