General Robotics has introduced a new version of its Remote Controlled Weapon Station that is optimized for naval applications, including both crewed and uncrewed surface vessels (USVs). The new SHARK naval RCWS is designed for small boats, which move at high speed and thus degrade fire accuracy with conventional weapon mounts. Stabilized weapon stations can improve fire accuracy, but these systems are much larger and heavier. To meet this challenge, General Robotics has developed its new unique RCWS for a wide variety of naval roles, from special operations to law enforcement interception, including interception, coastal security, counter-terror, and anti-piracy activities.
The new SHARK is based on General Robotics’ combat-proven Pitbull RCWS. Addressing the most demanding needs of Naval Special Warfare (NSW), SHARK was designed and tested with users and experts from the local and international NSW community. At a net weight of 85 kg (without weapons or ammunition), SHARK is much lighter and smaller than other naval weapon stations. Built as a rugged, robust, seaworthy system, it is versatile enough to operate remotely on a cluttered deck, scoring direct hits at a sea state up to 3, where the platform and targets constantly move.
Shahar Gal, General Robotics’ CEO, commented: We developed the SHARK prototype as a robust yet lightweight system offering seamless remote operation by a single operator with some special adaptations for naval use and NSW concepts of operation.”
“At the bottom line, the reduced weight and size derive significant benefits. It means SHARK can be mounted on smaller boats and handle the recoil loads with less weight and energy. As a result, SHARK consumes less power and delivers higher accelerations, resulting in better accuracy and agility. It can be used as a stand-alone system with its sensors or integrated with other sensors onboard. In this way, we offer tailor-made combat solutions to meet the unique requirements of our customers.”