Opportunity for Israeli companies. German Army mulls equipping logistics vehicles with RCWS
Eyal Boguslavsky | 26/08/2021
The Israeli defense industry certainly has something to offer the Germans. Two giants of the industry, Elbit and Rafael, have developed remote-controlled weapon stations that are sold around the world, and even General Robotics offers a weapon station that is considered the lightest in its class.
Will a new market be opened for Israeli defense companies? The German website esut.de reported that the German Army is considering issuing a tender soon for the supply of remote-controlled weapon stations (RCWSs) for thousands of logistics vehicles.
The Army is said to intend to seek bids from both domestic and international manufacturers of RCWSs. The most widely used RCWS in the world is the Kongsberg Protector weapon station. Rheinmetall recently introduced two new versions of its Natter weapon station, the Natter 7.62 (weighing less than 100 kg) and the Natter 12.7 (weighing less than 200 kg), both of which meet German Army requirements. The station with a vibration-absorbing assembly unit was specially developed for use on trucks, the report said.
If the tender is issued, the Israeli defense industry will certainly have something to offer the Germans. Two giants of the industry, Elbit and Rafael, have developed remote-controlled weapon stations that are sold around the world, and even General Robotics offers a weapon station that is considered the lightest in its class.
According to the German website, the German Army first installed RCWSs on five-ton trucks in 2012, and since then it has procured or initiated the procurement of over 7,000 protected and unprotected transport vehicles, all of which can be equipped with RCWSs. There are also more than 2,000 Boxer, Dingo, Eagle, Yak and other combat vehicles that are seen as needing RCWSs. So far, the German Army has mainly been equipped with FLW remote-controlled light weapon stations made by German company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann. Since 2008, over 1,000 FLW 100 (weighing 100 kg) and FLW 200 (weighing 200 kg) systems have been procured and deployed on German Army vehicles.