Moog, DRS new turret demo
DRS Technologies and Moog Space and Defense Group have introduced the new Reconfigurable Integrated-weapons Platform (RIwP) during a live fire demonstration at Redstone Arsenal, Moog announced on 24 September.
The RIwP includes enhanced pointing/stabilisation accuracy and high-performance target acquisition technology. It provides the best-in-class range of platform weapon system interoperability and lets the warfighter both reload under armour and in-field weapon reconfigurability. It can be installed on most of the current and planned US and allied sea, air and land platforms, and offers customised overmatch for any combat situation.
During the demonstration, ground-to-ground live fire exercises were conducted with M2 and Mk19 direct fire weapons and Javelin missiles. The RIwP fired multiple rounds from an M2 .50 calibre machine gun, grenades from a Mk19 40mm launcher and Javelin missiles, all of which had hit the targets successfully.
The reconfiguration and under armour reload capabilities of the RIwP were also demonstrated at the event. All these configurations provide full armour protection to missile variants removing the chance for damage of missile by small arms fire or debris.
The various weapons accommodated by the RIwP includes, direct fire, missiles and non-lethal deterrents, and an advanced sensor package. The RIwP offers common logistics and training benefits with over 100 configurations that can be housed on a single platform. It also features a network capable architecture, highly integrated operator work stations and advanced fire control that has demonstrated an ~80% enhancement in engagement times for defilade targets.
Tony Peck, business unit director, Moog Defense Control Systems, said: ‘Our goal was to design an innovative, game changing platform which meets both current and future warfighter needs.’
Shawn Black, VP/GM infrared sensors and systems, DRS Technologies, said: ‘We kept the warfighter in mind at every stage of design and development. As a result, DRS and Moog are proud to offer a system that can easily adapt to the ever changing mission scenarios encountered by the modern warfighter. The combination of our enhanced situational awareness, imaging and target acquisition systems in the RIwP give the warfighter continuous fire and 360 degree viewing capability while under armour, thereby providing an advantage on the ever changing battlefield.’
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