The small-footprint, fully-robotic RWS is based on proven land technology and was modified to fit inside standard utility helicopters. Recently shown at the Eurosatory defense industry show in Paris, the RWS features an electric 25 mm machine gun with up to 2,000 rounds that can fire up to 2 000 rounds of bursting, armour piercing or air-bursting ammunition. The gun, which retracts completely inside the helicopter when it's not being used, is mounted on a 7-axis robotic system that compensates for helicopter movement and vibration, and provides 360-degree firing capability.
The RWS has a multi-spectral vision system for day/night operations and automatic target tracking. It deploys automatically on command using a set of robotic arms. And the system does not need a gunner; the robotic RWS is controlled by the pilot using a tablet interface.
Duke says the system is based on a "delta-robot motion platform for maximum stability while in flight. Unlike 2-axis stabilization systems, this 6-axis stabilization unit can suppresses vibrations and translations in 3 axis of movements as well as 3 axis of rotation, thus dealing with most interference of flight while maintaining target-locking."
"The development of the system was based on thorough and in-depth research as well as extensive know-how and experience in the area of weapon systems and their integration into aircraft," says Sagiv Aharon, Duke Airborne Systems' founder and CEO. "Now that we have accomplished a major milestone in the development of the technology, the next step will be to create partnerships with leading companies in order to achieve complete market readiness."
The company points out that the RWS is quite cost-effective as it requires no dedicated operator, enabling utility helicopters to complete missions independently and save on resources.