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12,7-mm remote-controlled combat module of the company Whitebox Robotics

12,7-mm remote-controlled combat module of the company Whitebox Robotics

The South Korean company Whitebox Robotics has developed a family of remotely controlled combat modules (SDM). The Whitebox 12,7 MWD of an average category by weight is mainly intended for use on fixed and mobile platforms, but can also be installed on armored vehicles.

The remotely controlled Whitebox 12,7 combat unit mm consists of a base consisting of a horizontal rotation engine and a gearbox, and an upper unit, which includes a vertical guidance engine, weaponry, ammunition, and sensors. The base is installed directly on the roof of the vehicle and does not require mechanical penetration into the armor space. The rotation engine allows the combat module to rotate continuously at 360 °. Horizontal transfer speeds range from 0,01 / s to 57 / s.

The upper unit rotates at angles from -20 ° to + 60 °. The vertical transfer rate varies from 0,01 ° / s to 30 ° / s. All important elements of the system, such as electric motors, are protected in accordance with the STANAG level of protection 1. Optionally, the system has a two-axis gyrostabilization. The system was designed to install the 7,62-mm machine gun, 12,7-mm machine gun or 40-mm automatic grenade launcher MK19. Armament is installed along the centerline of the combat module, ammunition is served on the left side. Magazine capacity is 460 7,62 mm cartridges or 200 12,7 mm cartridges.

A sensory container is installed on the right side of the module, the sensors are placed in a weatherproof container and consist of a daytime CCD camera and an uncooled thermal imaging camera.

Images are displayed on a remote flat LCD display. The movements and firing of the combat module are remotely controlled using a hand controller. As an alternative to the LCD display, Whitebox Robotics offers a headset for the operator.

The headset consists of two displays on which the operator can see images from the sensors of the system. The headset also detects the movements of the operator’s head and repeats the movements of the combat module. This thereby allows the operator to observe the situation around the combat module and direct weapons by turning his head in the right direction. In this configuration, the operator shoots weapons using a handheld controller.

The fire control system includes a trigger, an electronic and electromechanical safety device, a shot counter, a fire prohibition sensor, an image processor and a target tracking device.


Armament: 7,62-mm machine gun, 12,7-mm machine gun or 40-mm automatic grenade launcher MK19
Ammunition: 460 mm caliber 7,62 cartridges or 200 mm 12,7 caliber cartridges
Weight: <170 kg (unarmed)
Width: <750mm
Height: <600mm
Azimuth angles: 360 °
Elevation angles: from -20 ° to + 60 °
Transfer speed:
(maximum) 57 ° / s
(minimum) 0,01 ° / s
Vertical transfer speed:
(maximum) 30 ° / s
(minimum) 0,01 ° / s
Day Sight: Day CCD Camera
Thermal Scope: Uncooled Thermal Camera
Power requirements: 24 volts; MIL-STD-1275B
Power consumption: <50 amperes; MIL-STD-1275B
Operating temperatures: -20 to + 60 ° C
Storage temperatures: -30 to + 71 ° C
Vibration resistance: MIL-STD-810E
Electromagnetic compatibility: MIL-STD-461 / 2E
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  1. tchoni
    tchoni 13 January 2016 08: 16
    A funny and rather laconic "bedside table", with a pretty good suo ... Besides, as I understand it, the modular installation of sensors allows their modernization and replacement with more advanced ones ...
  2. Mikhail3
    Mikhail3 13 January 2016 11: 38
    Anyone in any quantities can sculpt such devices on the chassis of camcorders. PTZ cameras went further, replaced the chassis with lighter ones, and these left behind, so to speak. So people just apparently took stocks of old turn signals, I even recognize the casing! Enhanced kinematics to resist recoil, and all. Most likely they didn’t try hard, millions of this junk is in warehouses, it’s easier to replace it than to make it especially durable. The software and the control system of the rotary device can be completed by a person with a completely ordinary computer education, that is, one programmer and one piece of iron are needed.
    1. gladcu2
      gladcu2 14 January 2016 23: 50
      Muzzle close to optics. Will have a negative effect in many ways
  3. bazilio
    bazilio 13 January 2016 12: 21
    Have questions
    - Stuck / warped / misfired. Is it possible to fix the situation remotely?
    - "Vitality" of cameras and sensors ??? If they are not protected, then without a camera it is a piece of iron.
    - how far can the control be and how is the signal transmitted? wired or wireless?

    As a stationary security module 24/7, this device will fit, I think.
    There are obstacles to using it in battle - see the questions above.
    It is not clear - aiming at the target is carried out only by the operator's "glance" or is there any other joystick? if not, then imagine - screwed to the hamer, the operator sits inside. the turret rotates 360 degrees, but there is no operator's head, it is possible to rotate in the hamer's belly, but it will be very inconvenient, and if in motion then it is traumatic
    1. marshes
      marshes 13 January 2016 17: 30
      Quote: bazilio

      And Salam Alekum, a neighbor. You, Uzbekistan, are buying weapons in Kazakhstan, at least ASELAN, for example, they offer a variety of DBMS.
    2. gladcu2
      gladcu2 14 January 2016 23: 52
      The problem will be fixed. Everything can be. From going to shelter. It is impossible to stay in one place for more than 5 minutes anyway ..

      The assembly is tender. Like a washing machine. Look at these outer screws. No keys in zip
  4. Stoler
    Stoler 13 January 2016 21: 19
    To protect the OBJECTS the very thing.
    1. gladcu2
      gladcu2 14 January 2016 23: 59
      Need more versatility. Not just objects. Weather conditions will kill him quickly. Slots are visible. Machine gun guides always require maintenance