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8x8 Stryker-type LAV with a fold down Remote Weapon Station comprising a 30mm cannon, a pair of 5km Spike-LR ATGMs, a 7.62 coax, smoke dischargers and an EO suite.

Czechs to Buy 199 Pandur II APCs for $1 billion
Posted 27-Jan-2006 05:41
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Pandur II w. RCWS-30
(click to view full)General Dynamics announced that the Czech Republic has selected its European Land Combat Systems subsidiary Steyr-Daimler-Puch Spezialfahrzeug GmbH of Austria to supply its army with 199 new eight-wheeled Pandur II armored personnel carriers (APCs) between 2007-2012. The vehicles will replace Soviet-era OT-64 SKOT APCs, and will be produced in Austria and the Czech Republic.

As DID noted in its coverage of the initial contenders, the contract includes an option for 35 additional vehicles and has a potential value of Koruna 23.6 billion (approximately $1 billion). Steyr's Pandur II was a finalist alongside Patria's AMV (Armoured Modular Vehicle), which is currently in extensive service in neighboring Poland (690 AMVs) as well as its native Finland (124 AMVs). A final contract between Steyr and the Czech Republic is expected to be signed by April 2006....

Patria AMV with AMOS
(click to view full)The Czech testing program included crossing open water, test drives on paved and off-road surfaces, boarding of soldiers, and loading on to and unloading from a C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft. As DID noted in our report on the two finalists, Czech Ministry of Defense spokesman Andrej Cirtek listed the three main criteria for the final decision as "the price, the participation of Czech industry, and the technical and tactical quality of the engines."

While the deal is not final, it would appear that Steyr has won.

Pandur II, firing
(click to view full)Like Patria's AMV, the Pandur II is a vehicle family of mission-specific variants. Common design elements include two steered axles, an independent suspension system and run-flat tires for advanced mobility, a high level of embedded armor protection, spall liners for the crew compartments, and drivetrain and steering linkages within the hull for superior survivability. A computer-based interactive maintenance and repair diagnostic system enables complete powerpack changes in approximately 30 minutes.

Current customers for the Pandur and Pandur II include Austria (68 Pandur, 129 Pandur II), Portugal (260 Pandur II, just purchased but controversial), Belgium (60 Pandur), Gabon (20 Pandur), Kuwaiti National Guard (70 Pandur), Slovenia (72 Pandur), the United States (50 Pandur 6×6 AGMS).

General Dynamics European Land Combat Systems is based in Vienna, Austria, and composed of three European land combat systems companies owned by General Dynamics:

General Dynamics Santa Barbara Sistemas of Madrid, Spain
MOWAG GmbH of Kreuzlingen, Switzerland
Steyr-Daimler-Puch Spezialfahrzeug GmbH of Vienna, Austria


This is the manufacturer's description on the Weapon Station shown.  It is not yet clear if the Weapon Station has yet been selected.

RAFAEL Announces Release of Unique Weapon Station

Haifa, May 2004 – RAFAEL Armament Development Authority announces the release of its RCWS-30 (Remote Controlled Weapon Station), equipped with a 30mm caliber gun and multi-purpose missiles (patent pending) - the latest, most advanced, powerful, and lethal weapon station, to be unveiled at the Paris Eurosatory 2004 exhibition, June 14-18.

The RCWS-30 was developed for use on any modern, light-armored, high-mobility fighting vehicle; new or upgraded. The RCWS-30 unique design provides light weight, low silhouette in its folded-down position - compatible with C-130 or A-400 air-transport, generous elevation range (–20° to +60°) - in its extended position, unlimited traverse range (± n×360°), minimal deck penetration, and minimal occupation of the vehicle internal volume. The RCWS-30 remote control capability enables the gunner to assume a safe position anywhere inside the armored vehicle, and allows an optional take-over by the Commander - to designate targets and operate the weapons.

The RCWS-30 armament includes: 30mm ATK MK 44 (or any other gun of 30 to 40mm caliber, specified by the user), optional launcher pod for two RAFAEL SPIKE-LR anti-tank/multi-purpose guided missiles (or similar missiles specified by the user), coaxial 7.62mm General-Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), and two triple (2×3) smoke grenade launcher tubes. Fire-ready ammunition accommodates 140 high-explosive (HE) and 60 armor-piercing (AP) 30mm rounds, 2 missiles (optional), 460×7.62mm rounds, and 6×76.2mm smoke grenades.

Surveillance and targeting are provided by a day, color CCD zoom camera and by a night, cooled, dual field-of-view (FOV) thermal imager, which allow day and night detection and recognition ranges compatible with the weapons (over 4000 meters). Integration of an optional Laser Range Finder (LRF), GPS-based True-north finder, and a powerful, on-board computer, enable fire control and connectivity to Battle Management System (BMS).

Twenty years ago RAFAEL, together with the IDF, pioneered the development, deployment and operational use of the Overhead Weapon Stations (OWS) family with 7.62 and 12.7mm caliber machine-guns. Further models included OWS with 25mm automatic cannons for Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs), and naval versions: stabilized, slaved and remote controlled weapon stations with 20, 23, 25 and 30mm automatic cannons (the Typhoon).

The current RCWS-30 is a natural evolution of all previous weapon stations developed and promoted by RAFAEL to many customers worldwide. It makes use of proven components and technologies, providing a technically mature, low-risk system that can be further tailored to the user's particular needs.

In 1998 RAFAEL's Remote Control Weapon Station (RCWS) became the first to be selected and later deployed for operational use in land vehicles by the Canadian Forces.

Further developments over the recent years followed: interchangeability of three weapon types (7.62, 12.7 and 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher, AGL) within a common RCWS; integration of RAFAEL SPIKE--LR and SPIKE-ER in the land- and naval 25mm weapon stations, respectively; and connectivity to BMS -  to mention just a few.  These developments have brought about acquisition contracts for the IDF, US Navy, UK Army, Hellenic Coast Guard and Royal Australian Navy.

RAFAEL designs, develops, manufactures and supplies a wide range of advanced defense systems for all branches of the Israel Defense Forces and other armed forces worldwide. These leading-edge products are based on RAFAEL vast technical and operational experience. In addition to its defense technologies, the company has also formed partnerships with civilian counterparts to develop commercial applications based on its proprietary technology. RAFAEL has a workforce of over 5000 employees and registered sales of $830 M in 2003.

For further information please contact
RAFAEL public affairs. Tel: 972-4-8791244

That LAV looks interesting and rather large. The PWS with a 30mm gun, co-ax and spike missiles? Thats a lot of fire power, I wonder if that large PWS has stab or if it takes up any space on the inside?
Rick, this is what I got from the manufacturer's site.

They claim it doesn't take up space inside.  It also collapses for travel and elevates for combat.  The picture below apparently is its entire mass.

RAFAEL's Samson RCWS 30 remote controlled weapon station offers a unique combination of lethality and maximum crew survivability. Suitable for most light armored, high mobility vehicles, RCWS 30 allows under-the-deck operation from any position (gunner and/or commander) without occupying space inside the vehicle.


It also has all the electronic bells and whistles: day-night sights, laser range finder, GPS, fire control computer, gunner/commander redundancy, auto-tracker.  It is also stabilized for firing on the move.

Poland has already placed an order for this family of vehicles.

"In December 2002 the Polish Ministry of National Defence announced the selection of the Patria AMV to meet their requirement for 690 armoured vehicles. Poland's state owned military production company, Wojskowe Zaklady Mechaniczne, is prime contractor and Patria a major contractor for the basic vehicle.

The 690 vehicles for Poland include: 313 fighting vehicles with the Oto Melara Hitfist 30P turret and 30mm ATK MK 44 guns; 87 vehicles equipped with under armour operated 12.7mm heavy machine guns; 118 command and control vehicles: 48 engineer reconnaissance vehicles; 46 armoured battlefield ambulances; 46 armoured recovery vehicles; and 32 6x6 configuration reconnaissance AMVs. Serial deliveries began in 2004 and will continue to 2013. The first 90 Armoured Personnel Carriers will enter operational service with two infantry battalions of the 21st Mountain Brigade and the 12th Mechanised Brigade of the Polish Army in 2006."

Sorry gents, I am surprised no-one caught this. I confused the Pandur ( Austrian 6x6) with the Patria (Finnish 8x8). :-[

Without taking either for a spin around the proverbial block I preffer the Patria design. 8)