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BAE Shows Its Most Modern Tower

BAE Shows Its Most Modern TowerBAE Systems Land Systems South Africa demonstrated its last guided tower to the IDEX 2013 international defense exhibition in the United Arab Emirates.

The OMT (Overhead Manned Turret) guided remote tower is the latest generation, low profile turret, designed for installation on light armored vehicles, such as LAV 8х8 armored personnel carrier, or MPV mine protected vehicles. OMT is managed by a single crew member and provides self-defense, ground fire support and offensive capabilities for the machine, ensuring an optimal balance between situational awareness, crew protection and cost.

This system has a modular design that is designed to meet various customer requirements. Parameters such as security level, interface weapons, the sighting system and targeting mechanism can be customized according to the specific application. OMT can be configured to integrate into it a wide list of weapons types, from 7,62-mm and 12,7-mm machine guns, to automatic 40mm caliber grenade launchers. Thanks to the ability to select the appropriate type of weapon, OMT can be effectively used against various enemy targets.

The basic version of this system is equipped with a manual tower drive and an optical bishop with a built-in aiming mark. The all-round view of the battlefield provides outstanding target detection, fast response times and good orientation in urban environments. Four smoke grenade launchers are installed as standard equipment.

The latest version of the OMT-ED (Overhead Manned Turret - Electrical Drive), an electrically operated controlled tower, is based on a basic system and is additionally equipped with an electric horizontal guidance drive, which allows the operator to direct the target quickly and effortlessly.

"At Land Systems South Africa, we constantly use our own research and development tools to improve our products to ensure our customers receive the latest technology they need to provide protection on the battlefield," said Johan Steyn , Managing Director, Land Systems South Africa.

In the version with the level of ballistic protection В7, the total mass of the tower is 550 kg without ammunition. Its maximum height is 590 mm above the roof of the car, while this low-profile solution provides good situational awareness and high target identification characteristics at a distance of more than a kilometer, both during the day and at night.

Manual vertical and horizontal guidance is provided by a standard interface for the turret drives and weapons. In the variant OMT-ED there is a stopper for blocking the drives in the traveling-around position during the rapid movement of the machine. The integrated brake system ensures operability while the car is braked on a slope with an inclination of 15 degrees. This additional functionality, combined with a high-quality television scope, makes this tower an affordable solution for light armored vehicles.

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  1. strannik595
    strannik595 21 February 2013 13: 33
    for South Africa, this tower is especially relevant, around a wild number of well-armed enemies
    1. Vladimirets
      Vladimirets 21 February 2013 13: 39
      Quote: strannik595
      for South Africa, this tower is especially relevant, around a wild number of well-armed enemies

      They are going to sell it and this suggests that in Africa high-tech production can be established.
      1. bulvas
        bulvas 21 February 2013 13: 44
        and in Africa high-tech production can be established

        everything was all right with technology in South Africa, and planes built electronics too
        they had some of the best artillery systems in the world

        during the embargo, many weapons themselves settled
        1. Bronis
          Bronis 21 February 2013 14: 00
          And even nuclear weapons, in fact, were developed during the time of Apartheid, but then they abandoned it.
          1. bulvas
            bulvas 21 February 2013 14: 08
            And even nuclear weapons, in fact, developed

            not so much developed as bought
          2. avt
            avt 21 February 2013 15: 13
            Quote: Bronis
            And even nuclear weapons, in fact, were developed during the time of Apartheid, but then they abandoned it.

            No one in their right mind and solid memory will refuse nuclear weapons. Estimate such a thought. With the official arms embargo - in South Africa there were Israeli, from Galil to kfir, that is, from a machine gun to an airplane. Well, do not conduct nuclear tests in the Sinai. And so everyone is happy, and the South African men with weapons and Israel with the Doomsday bomb. And if anything, everything can be attributed to the apartheid fascists.
            1. Bronis
              Bronis 21 February 2013 16: 58
              Quote: avt
              No one in their right mind and solid memory will abandon nuclear weapons

              I guess, yes. Except, perhaps, some of the former republics of the USSR, but there was a completely different story.
              Well, the fact that Israel and South Africa did a nuclear program together is a fact. South Africa, if desired, could build a bomb for itself (they had raw materials and a base). But the policy made adjustments, and it is not clear what then they had to do with the bomb. In the nuclear club, they would not have taken, and they would not have pulled it (the bomb is not yet SNF). And South Africa had no opponents "worthy" of using this device. But sometimes they scare neighbors with the possibility of creating a bomb.
      2. strannik595
        strannik595 21 February 2013 13: 55
        What are you? can not be? belay ....... mmmmmmmmm, what are they all the same
        1. ShturmKGB
          ShturmKGB 21 February 2013 14: 19
          South Africa is not only blacks with bows ... there are still whites with ideology ...
  2. Larus
    Larus 21 February 2013 13: 36
    Isn't it too big a "glass" in the foreground, it will catch all the bullets)) Or is it called "fear has great eyes" laughing
    1. BARKAS
      BARKAS 21 February 2013 13: 58
      But the panoramic view in the sight compensates a lot, moreover, from 1-2 bullet hits, the performance should be preserved.
  3. opkozak
    opkozak 21 February 2013 13: 38
    City battles in Syria and other places show the important role of robotic and remote towers for armored personnel carriers and tanks for firing snipers and grenade launchers. In urban conditions, tanks have a limited barrel lift and, as a result, are inaccessible to the upper floors. If the tower, in addition to the machine gun, will have an automatic grenade launcher, the sniper will not have time to keep track of the APC.
    1. UzRus
      UzRus 21 February 2013 15: 11
      Yes, they fucked up or something like that "Shilka" to drive into the city?
  4. nekromonger
    nekromonger 21 February 2013 14: 18
    do they know other words besides "allah akbar"?
    1. bulvas
      bulvas 21 February 2013 14: 20
      they don’t need others ...
    2. predator.3
      predator.3 21 February 2013 15: 16
      Quote: nekromonger
      do they know other words besides "allah akbar"?

      Yes, these Arabs are generally crazy people, at first they will do business, and then they scratch their turnips, when they see the camera they start firing in the white light, like a penny! And most importantly, they don’t even know what they’re fighting for, what they turned into a blooming Libya for, now the Egyptians thought that under Mubarak there was a lafa.
  5. Renat
    Renat 21 February 2013 14: 21
    Zusuls are generally a desperate people. They have armor-piercing spears using stealth technology.
  6. Geisenberg
    Geisenberg 21 February 2013 21: 56
    In South Africa, one of the most combat-ready armies in the world. I think that not a single conflict in Africa has not done without her participation. So they really need this tower. And it was made taking into account some experience ..