Thursday, September 3, 2009

New LAV RWS for the Canadian Army in Afghanistan

Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (2 PPCLI) were the first to try out a new light armoured vehicle variant that provides better protection against improvised explosive devices (IED). Once the soldiers have finished training on the new LAV Remote Weapons Station (RWS), the LAV RWSs will be shipped to Afghanistan for the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT).

This LAV RWS will replace the Bison and give the crew better protection from IED strikes with additional armour in an up-armour package. The RWS allows the crew to fire from inside the vehicle and ensures that nobody is exposed if there is a blast or enemy fire. The RWS can be mounted with a .50 cal heavy machine gun or a C6 general purpose machine-gun. The stations fire from inside the vehicle and are controlled by what looks like a video game controller.

There are four monitors, one for the gunner, one for the commander, one for the driver and one for the crew in the back, to view the action going on outside. It also has eight smoke grenade launchers mounted on the front of the RWS. There are many other new features on the LAV RWS. Inside the vehicle, there are new crew seats and storage compartments on the interior walls. On the exterior, there are front and rear view cameras for the driver; a new Platt swing mount that replaces the pintle mount; and a new type of wire cutters mounted on the front.
25 August 2009


it is very intersting to read about all those new technologies, which can make war more human and more effective with lower impact on the civilians. Still I find very amazing, where can all the science go and what is and what will be possible in the future.


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