Friday, July 02, 2021

Arquus Defense "Hornet" Remote Weapon Station...


via Press Release.
Hornet presents its Remote-Controlled Weapon Stations  for the first time in France at SOFINS 2021 

The 2021 edition of SOFINS is the opportunity for Hornet to present its range of Hornet  remote-controlled weapon stations, already chosen by the French Army to equip its  new generation of combat vehicles, the Griffon, Jaguar and Serval.  
Within the framework of the exhibition, Hornet wishes to contribute in its own way to  the reflection on the evolution of the equipment of Special Forces vehicles. This  reflection is done today by inviting discussion on the relevance of modern tools such  as remotely operated turrets for Special Forces units, both in France and abroad.  

The remote-controlled weapon stations of the Hornet range are very versatile products, combining  an effector and latest generation sensors. This makes them the tool of choice for observation,  reconnaissance and intelligence, but also for information sharing, blue/red force tracking,  designation of enemy targets and indirect fire guidance. It can be a tool of choice for search patrols  or deep attack groups, complementing traditional Special Forces skills. 

In the configuration presented at SOFINS, the Hornet turret offers unique performance in a very  limited space, with a weight of only 260 kg for the turret without its options. This weight limitation  makes it possible to consider using it for long-range, autonomous missions with limited equipment  and ammunition. The Hornet turrets are also incomparably more accurate than a circular-mounted  weapon, particularly in movement. They are gyro-stabilised from the optronic unit, which gives them  exceptional stability and accuracy. The probability of hitting on the first shot is enhanced by a  sophisticated ballistic solution calculation system that takes into account various parameters such  as weapon, ammunition type, range, target movement and vehicle behaviour. These different  capabilities allow for the reduction of ammunition carriage where necessary, while still allowing for  superior tactical effects. 

Designed for conventional forces as part of the Scorpion programme, the Hornet RCWS can be  adapted to the very specific employment framework of Special Forces, respecting the essence of  Special Forces: using equipment in a different way to carry out their own missions.  

Building on the experience of the Scorpion programme RCWS, Hornet now offers high-end remotely  operated weapons systems with the most advanced technologies and capabilities. The current  offering includes the Hornet, the flagship product of the new range, and the Hornet Lite, a lighter  version with the same optronic systems. These RCWS fully enhance the capabilities of the vehicles  equipped with them, taking them to fully new operational levels. All Hornet RCWS users will benefit  from the feedback and possible upgrades to the range. 

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