BAE Systems Launches Its Latest Manned Turret
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- February 18, 2013
BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa revealed its latest manned turret to
attendees at the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) and Conference in the
United Arab Emirates today.
The Overhead Manned Turret (OMT) is a new generation, low profile turret
designed for vehicles such as Light Armoured Vehicles (LAV) or Mine Protected
Vehicles (MPV). The OMT is operated by one crew member and provides
self-protection, ground fire support and attack capabilities to the vehicle
system with an optimal balance between situational awareness, crew protection
The system has been modularly designed to support different user requirements.
Parameters such as protection level, weapon interface, sighting system and
position control mechanism can be configured to suit specific applications.
The OMT can be configured to accommodate a range of weapons from 7.62mm and
12.7mm machine guns, to 40mm grenade launchers. Fitted with the appropriate
weapon configuration, the OMT can be effectively utilised against enemy
The basic designated system is equipped with manual turret drives and an
optical episcope with integrated aiming mark. All round vision of the
battlefield enables outstanding target detection capability, fast reaction
time and orientation in urban conditions. Four smoke grenade launchers are
fitted as standard.
The latest OMT-ED (Overhead Manned Turret - Electrical Drive) version is based
on the basic system and is fitted with additional traverse electrical drives,
enabling the operator to engage a target quickly and effortlessly.
“At Land Systems South Africa we continually use our own research and
development funds to improve our products to ensure our customers receive the
latest technology they require to keep safe on the battlefield,” said Johan
Steyn, Managing Director Land Systems South Africa.
When configured with a B7 level ballistic protection, the total mass is 550 kg
excluding ammunition. The maximum height of 590mm above vehicle deck offers a
low-profile solution with good situational awareness and high performance
target identification of more than a kilometre, day or night.
Elevation and traverse hand wheels provide the standard human interface for
turret movement. The OMT-ED version makes use of a dead-man switch and
movement controller for rapid movement in traverse. An integrated brake system
ensures operation while the vehicle is parked against a slope of 15 degrees.
This added functionality, in combination with the high performance video
sight, offers an affordable turret solution for light vehicles.
Natasha Pheiffer, +27 (0)11 747 3381 / +27 (0)79 526 2362
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