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RCWS  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2004
Total Production: 424
Unitary Cost: USD$90,000
Also Known As: Enforcer, mini-Samson and RCWS-12.7
Origin: Israel
Corporations: Rafael
Parent System: RCWS
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2004
Total Production: 1,024
Family Members: RCWS-30 and Samson Junior
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Description: The Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS) is a modular weapon system supporting small and medium caliber guns (from 7.62mm machine gun to 40mm automatic grenade launcher), machine guns (12.7mm and 7.62mm), anti-tank missile launchers and observation pods. These stations can be mounted on a wide range of ground platforms ranging from lightweight all-terrain vehicles to heavy armor tanks.

Its remote control system enables armored vehicles crew to operate the RCWS completely under armor minimizing the probability of a crew member casualty. This feature makes the RCWS exceptionally suitable for urban warfare such as the military operations conducted by US forces in Iraq (2003-2005) and Israeli forces in the Palestinian territories. The RCWS armed with a 7.62mm machine gun is known as Enforcer while the 12.7mm gun equipped variant is known as the RCWS-12.7.

To date, the RCWS has been ordered by the armed forces Israel, Canada (LAV III), and the United States of America (Stryker). The United Kingdom is studying RCWS for its FV432 (RCWS-30) and LMV/Panther FCLV (Enforcer) armored vehicle programs. As of August 2005 Czech Republic's Pandur II and Finland's AMV 8x8 were undergoing testing outfitted with the RCWS.

In February 2006 General Dynamics European Land Systems (Steyr) selected the RCWS-12.7 and RCWS-30 weapon stations to equip Czech Republic's Pandur II armored vehicles under a $120 million contract awarded to Rafael. Samson/RCWS-30 station was provided with a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun and two Spike LR anti-tank missiles in addition to the Mk-44 30mm gun. The contract also included Rafael add-on armor kits.

RCWS Applications


Armored Vehicles LAV III Namer Valuk 6x6 Tactical Vehicles Golan RG-31

RCWS Specifications

Dimensions
Grenade Launcher Caliber: 40 millimeter
Main Gun Caliber: 12.7 millimeter
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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RCWS News

There are 4 news between
19 Feb 2006 and 10 Jan 2013
Thursday, January 10, 2013Colombia Orders 24 LAV III Armored Vehicles Equipped with Rafael RCWS Weapon Stations
Thursday, November 29, 2012General Dynamics and Rafeal Team to Produce Remote Weapon Stations
Wednesday, September 3, 2008Spanish Army to Acquire up to 180 RG-31 Mk5E Protected Vehicles
Sunday, February 19, 2006Czech Pandur II to Be Fitted with Rafael Weapon Stations

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Canada100
Colombia24
RCWS provided to Colombia's fleet of 24 LAV III armored vehicles
Israel200

Grand Total 3649
Defensive Weapons
SPIKE-LRx2
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