Integrated Remote Weapons Systems

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems
Haifa, Israel

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has recently been showcasing its newly enhanced SAMSON 30 mm Integrated Remote Weapons Station (RWS) for Light Vehicles. The SAMSON is equipped with hostile fire detection capabilities and the ability to rapidly and effectively return fire via a fast, accurate slew-to-cue mechanism. It also includes a unified user interface for all subsystems, an inherent hatch for close situational awareness, and under-armor ammunition loading that increases lethality. These capabilities enable the SAMSON to turn a light vehicle into a lethal powerhouse on par with a main battle tank.

The SAMSON turns a light vehicle into a lethal powerhouse on par with a main battle tank.

A key element of SAMSON’s lethality suite is its integration of the SPIKE LR 1 and 2 multi-purpose guided missiles, and its full collaboration TROPHY Active Protection System (APS), two of Rafael’s most groundbreaking solutions. These allow the RWS to provide unparalleled maneuverability, lethality, and survivability. With a SAMSON turret, a vehicle is always at the ready, always on the attack, and always able to stop and respond to threats.

The SAMSON is a sibling of Rafael’s MCWS that was a key element of Oshkosh Defense’s winning proposal to up-gun the US Army’s Strykers for today’s threats.

In addition to SAMSON and the MCWS, Rafael also manufactures a number of other innovative systems designed to protect and improve the modern warfighter’s combat capabilities, including:

SPIKE Missile Family: 5th generation, multi-purpose, EO-guided missile systems that provide pinpoint accuracy on land, at sea, and in the air. The SPIKE family can upgrade helicopters into powerful force multipliers, enabling ultralong standoff ranges, enhanced lethality in a lightweight package, and extended mission endurance. SPIKE SR, a lightweight (10 kg), shoulder-fired munition, with an enhanced range of 2000 meters, increases lethality at the individual squad level.

Air Defense Systems: As the developer of the Iron Dome, Rafael has particular expertise in air defense systems and offers a full range of multi-layered solutions for effective defense and superiority against UAS, rockets, artillery, mortars, cruise missiles, and beyond.

With over 2,500 combat interceptions at a success rate of 90%, the Iron Dome (SKY-HUNTER) missile defense system is the world’s only multi-mission system that provides a combat-proven defense against cruise missiles, PGMs, rockets, artillery, and mortars (C-RAM), aircraft, helicopters, and UAVs.

The David’s Sling (SKY-CEPTOR) Weapon System (DSWS) is an air defense system designed to intercept medium-range missiles. DSWS provides an affordable, lethal hit-to-kill solution for the huge volume of asymmetric threats.

DRONE DOME is an end-to-end, combat proven counter-Unmanned Aerial System (C-UAS) providing all-weather, 360-degree rapid defense against hostile drones. DRONE DOME detects even small targets at distances over 3.5 km, intercepts, and neutralizes with soft and hard kill measures, while ensuring maximum safety to friendly aircraft.

FIRE WEAVER: A networked system connecting all battlefield elements in real time, Fire Weaver instantly selects the most relevant effector shooter for every acquired target. Simultaneously handling multiple targets using AI and data fusion, Fire Weaver enables warfighters to receive and share battlefield data via augmented reality icons on their weapon sights, creating a common situational awareness picture for all participants.

SKYSPOTTER: A passive electro-optical Early Warning System with a high probability of detection and a very low false alarm rate, SKYSPOTTER enhances the capability of air defense radar detection systems.

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