Aselsan’s SARP Remote Weapons Station demonstrated in Bangkok

    Turkish owned, Kazakh manufactured, and soon to be Malaysian based subsidiary of Aselsan recently demonstrated a Remote Weapons Station based around the 7.62x51mm NATO Dillon M134 Minigun at Defense & Security 2017 held in Bangkok Thailand. The design has Stabilised Advanced Remote weapon Platform (SARP) as its name and is apart of Aselsan Malaysia, a subsidiary based in Kuala Lumpur. It is a mount that is designed around a variety of weapon systems, primarily the .50 BMG M2 and the FN MAG. However it can also be utilized with a Russian AGL and an M134 Minigun. Included with the platform are a thermal imaging capability, automatic target tracking (to include low flying drones), ballistic computer, and an ability to work in numerous environments. The company has stated that the design is in use by 13 different countries.

    Turkish defense site Millisavunma claimed that the M134 can be ordered with either a 7.62x51mm NATO, or a 5.56x45mm NATO version. However, this appears quite questionable because there was only ever the General Electric XM214 Microgun 5.56x45mm variant that didn’t reach production, and a civilian commercial XM556 product made by “Empty Shell” in the United States that hasn’t reached widespread adoption.

    From the show floor

    This appears to be an earlier variant, in a green finish-


    Shepard Meda claims that the RWS was “unveiled” at the defense exposition, however the design has clearly been on the defense market for some time, with promotion videos of the device appearing in January of 2016, including what appears to be images of use within the Turkish armed forces.

    Aselsan’s entry has a co-axial option, allowing certain versions to be combined with a lighter machine gun such as an FN MAG in addition to a heavier one such as an M2 Browning, or even a Russian AGL 40mm automatic grenade launcher.


    It even has a remotely controlled vehicle design fitted to it-


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