General Dynamics and Rafeal Team to Produce Remote Weapon Stations
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 29, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --General Dynamics Armament and
Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), and RAFAEL
Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., are offering the Samson line of Remote Weapons
Stations (RWS) to the U.S. military. These cost-effective and field-proven
remote weapons stations allow a gunner to remain protected inside the vehicle
while operating a weapon remotely. The larger variant is lighter than manned
turrets and does not require penetration into the vehicle hull, saving
significant interior space for personnel and mission equipment.
Four Samson variants will be offered, including the combat-proven MKI which is
fielded in Afghanistan on Czech Army Pandurs. Samson configurations are also
currently in service with the Israeli Defense Forces and other allied armed
services. The RWS variants support a variety of weapons including 5.56mm to
.50 caliber machine guns, 40mm grenade launchers and cannons up to 40mm, and
can easily be integrated onto new or existing light to heavy combat vehicles.
The Samson RWS product line will be produced and supported in the United
"Combining the market-leading features of the Samson RWS product line and
General Dynamics' weapon and vehicle integration experience allows our team to
bring affordable, leap-ahead capability to existing vehicle modernization and
next-generation ground combat and amphibious vehicle programs," said Steve
Elgin, vice president and general manager of armament systems for General
Dynamics Armament and Technical Products.
General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products and Rafael Advanced Defense
Systems Ltd. formed a joint venture, GR Dynamics, in 2003 to provide low-risk
and high-value armament products to the U.S. Department of Defense. The joint
venture previously delivered the MK49 MOD 0 naval remote weapon station to the
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please visit www.gdatp.com.
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SOURCE General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products
Contact: Media, Karl Johnson, General Dynamics Armament and Technical
Products, +1-704-714-8121; or Investors, Amy Gilliland, General Dynamics,
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