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Indian combat module on the remote control: what it is

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In India, a new remote-controlled combat module has been developed, armed with a 12,7 mm machine gun. It can enter the arsenal of the Indian army, and probably enter the international market. weapons.


Until recently, the Indian Army lacked remotely controlled combat modules of its own production. This circumstance forced the Indian military in 2016 to begin negotiations with Israel on the supply of 747 Elbit Systems remotely controlled combat modules under the M2HB machine gun. India hoped to purchase 136 ready-made combat modules and assemble another 611 at Indian enterprises under an Israeli license.

In 2018, a contract totaling $ 173 million was signed for the acquisition of Elbit Systems combat modules for the needs of the Indian coast guard. But almost two years have passed, and information on whether or not Israeli modules were delivered to the Indian armed forces has not been disclosed. If the deliveries did not take place, then it is possible that India will open the practice of using remotely controlled combat modules with the introduction of its own production system. This will be a good sign for the Indian war industry.

The new module is called RCWS (Remote Control Weapon Station) and is compatible with various military equipment and different weapons. Initially, the combat module was developed to transport the NSMT HMG machine gun mounted on a biaxial stabilizer.

The module is designed to hit ground and air targets, and remote control allows you to protect the operator from threats. He is also able to work in day and night modes and is equipped with a range finder. In addition, the fire control system can be supplemented by an automatic target tracking system.

The design of the Indian combat module is not peculiar: it is based on a turntable, on the left side of the module there is an optoelectronic unit, and additional weapons can be attached to the right of the main weapon (NSVT machine gun). RCWS can be supplemented with a conventional machine gun, automatic grenade launcher or guided missiles. Customers will decide which additional weapon to attach to the module.


History appearance of the combat module is associated with modernization tank "Arjun MK", considered the main battle tank of the Indian ground forces. The module was also configured for use on an Arjun armored evacuation vehicle and Indian Coast Guard patrol ship C-431.

The module was developed by the state organization Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and the company Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) as part of the implementation of the state program “Make in India”. Almost all modern manufacturers of armored vehicles offer their unmanned combat modules, naturally, and Indian companies were no exception.

Another thing is that it is still not very clear how the Indian armed forces are going to use the new combat module. For example, ground forces operate combat vehicles with traditional manned turrets. It is likely that only the tank "Arjun Mk." will be the first combat vehicle to receive a new module. But the supply of RCWS to the troops will begin no earlier than the beginning of the 2020s.

It is possible that India will try to bring a new combat module to the global arms market. However, at the DefExpo 2020 international arms exhibition held recently in Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), the OFB developer did not provide any detailed information about the unmanned combat station, although RCWS was exhibited at the event.

But this does not mean that India will not find potential buyers of RCWS. The module represents a good balance between price and efficiency, which may be of interest to the armies of many countries of the world.
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  1. marshes
    marshes April 2 2020 13: 48 New
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    Something it looks like a module produced in Kazakhstan with Turkey, with NSVT.
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      1. marshes
        marshes April 2 2020 14: 03 New
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        Quote: Mobius
        And where is the module in Kazakhstan? At the borders? Something did not see ..

        On MARPs Arlanah.
        1. Talgat 148
          Talgat 148 April 2 2020 14: 24 New
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          MRAP, to be exact!)))
      2. Talgat 148
        Talgat 148 April 2 2020 14: 34 New
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        What else can you see at the borders? Poplar, S-300, Su-30, aircraft carrier "Peter the Great"?
    2. Talgat 148
      Talgat 148 April 2 2020 14: 28 New
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      ARPA module!
      1. Talgat 148
        Talgat 148 April 2 2020 14: 32 New
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        And a new module with paired FCT, I don’t know the name.
        1. marshes
          marshes April 2 2020 14: 40 New
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          Quote: Talgat 148
          And a new module with paired FCT, I don’t know the name.

          This is supposedly purely our development, without the Turks. In February, Grigory Bedenko told Gurkhan that he had a reprint and a VO, he himself forgot to search for scraps.
          The main NSV Indians buy from us.
          1. Talgat 148
            Talgat 148 April 2 2020 14: 51 New
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            NSB Arabs take well!
            1. marshes
              marshes April 2 2020 15: 02 New
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              Quote: Talgat 148
              NSB Arabs take well!

              But almost 5 thousand trunks could not be sold at one time.
              Under the Arabs, they adapted to the fifty-fifty NATO, although the problems got out.
              1. Talgat 148
                Talgat 148 April 2 2020 15: 35 New
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                I honestly don’t understand where the talk about some 5 thousand NSV comes from ....
                Maybe I don’t know much. But it seems like a duck. The number is just huge. At the time of the union, the plant’s capacity was 600 machine guns per month (NSV, NSVT with right and left power for T-72, -62M, and t-64, -80, respectively, ZGU-12.7)
                And they were quickly absorbed by the Soviet army and allies. If there were a large number of machine guns produced, then they would have already been sold and transferred for storage to the arsenals of the Barracks.
                1. marshes
                  marshes April 2 2020 15: 40 New
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                  Quote: Talgat 148
                  I honestly don’t understand where the talk about some 5 thousand NSV comes from ....

                  I don’t know, but it’s from somewhere and from then on.
                  But about a thousand that we firmly know.
              2. Talgat 148
                Talgat 148 April 2 2020 15: 37 New
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                He did not immediately go to NATO .50BMG, there is a problem with the tape, our tape is not in haste.
                1. marshes
                  marshes April 2 2020 15: 41 New
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                  Quote: Talgat 148
                  He did not immediately go to NATO .50BMG, there is a problem with the tape, our tape is not in haste.

                  There is not only a tape but also a different receiver.
      2. marshes
        marshes April 2 2020 14: 36 New
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        Quote: Talgat 148
        ARPA module!

        This is the final product, and is covered with armor shields. Before that there was a copy of what is in the photo.
        Moreover, two more pens were added as on the DShK, this is when the electronics will be lost.
        1. Talgat 148
          Talgat 148 April 2 2020 14: 52 New
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          Yes, on the first models, I saw the trigger for manual control.
  2. Amateur
    Amateur April 2 2020 13: 59 New
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    Elbit Systems Managed Weapon Modules under machine gun M2HB.

    This is more like an NSW.


    And here it is - Browning M2.

    Indians (or Israelis?) Make a fool of our brother
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    2. Grigory_45
      Grigory_45 April 2 2020 15: 09 New
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      Quote: Amateur
      Indians (or Israelis?) Make a fool of our brother

      The article in black in Russian indicates that Indians put NSVT
      The design of the Indian warhead module is not peculiar: it is based on a turntable, on the left side of the module is an optoelectronic unit, and to the right of the main weapon (NSVT machine gun)
      sometimes you need to read an article
      1. Talgat 148
        Talgat 148 April 2 2020 15: 28 New
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        In the second paragraph, the module for the M2NV machine gun is written!
        1. Grigory_45
          Grigory_45 April 2 2020 16: 23 New
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          Quote: Talgat 148
          The second paragraph says

          in the second paragraph it is written for the Israeli module, not for the Indian
      2. Amateur
        Amateur April 2 2020 15: 32 New
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        sometimes you need to read an article

        In India, a new remote-controlled combat module has been developed, armed with a 12,7 mm machine gun. It can enter the arsenal of the Indian army, and probably enter the international arms market.
        Until recently, the Indian Army lacked remotely controlled combat modules of its own production. This circumstance forced the Indian military in 2016 to begin negotiations with Israel on the supply of 747 Elbit Systems remotely controlled combat modules under the M2HB machine gun. India hoped to purchase 136 ready-made combat modules and assemble another 611 at Indian enterprises under an Israeli license.

        Mr. Polonsky in his article himself did not really decide what kind of machine gun. In one place one thing, in another - another.
        1. Talgat 148
          Talgat 148 April 2 2020 15: 41 New
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          By and large, the Israelis always develop several options, for the market for countries like "M-16" and for countries like "AK-47"!