Austria to field common remote weapon system


The Austrian Army will field a common remote weapon station (RWS) across a significant part of its fleet of armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs).

An Austrian Pandur 6x6 APC as originally delivered to the Austrian Army. It is fitted with a PWS armed with and unstabilised .50 calibre M2 HB MG. (GDELS-Steyr)An Austrian Pandur 6×6 APC as originally delivered to the Austrian Army. It is fitted with a PWS armed with and unstabilised .50 calibre M2 HB MG. (GDELS-Steyr)

Details of this and other Austrian Army AFV upgrades were revealed by Brigadier General Norbert Huber, director of armament and procurement at the Austrian Ministry of Defence, at the IQPC International Armoured Vehicles 2017 conference held in London.

It has not been confirmed which system will be installed. However, IHS Jane’s understands that a batch of Elbit Systems RWSs were delivered to Austria for its Iveco Defence Vehicles Light Multirole Vehicle (LMV) fleet, and a decision was subsequently made to further develop that system and roll the capability out across additional Austrian Army platforms.

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