US Army will test Picatinny Arsenal’s OCWS armored turret for AMPV

WASHINGTON — The US Army has announced that it will begin operational assessment tests of a new turret for AMPV [armored multi-purpose vehicle], learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing DefenceReview. The new OCWS [Objective Commander’s Weapon Station] tower will be integrated into all vehicle versions.

US Army will test Picatinny Arsenal's OCWS armored turret for AMPV
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The tower protects the driver of the vehicle, who also controls the machine gun. Includes periscopes with transparent shielded windows, for 360 ° viewing at a full angle, mechanical movement, and better ergonomics. OCWS has been developed by the Picatinny Arsenal Command Armament Center over the past 18 months.

Recall that the US Army received 2907 AMPVs to replace the M-113A3. The main mission of AMPV is to assist M-1 Abrams, M2 Bradley, and the brigade as a whole in personnel transport, general supply, command, and control and battlefield missions, firefighting assistance, wounded transport, and battlefield care.

The standard armament of the AMVP consists of a 12.7 mm machine gun, in a position protected by shielded shields with transparent shielded windows.

BulgarianMilitary.com racalls that on April 8 the American company EOS Defense Systems [EOS DS] demonstrated its R800S remote control weapon system [RWS] mounted on an armored multi-purpose vehicle [AMVP]. The demonstration took place at the U.S. Army Post Fort Sill, Lawton, Oklahoma, which is located about 137 kilometers [85 miles] southwest of Oklahoma City.

EOS mounts 30x173mm Mk44S Bushmaster II gun on AMPV in Fort Still
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RWS The R800S is made up of several weapons. The main weapon is a 30x173mm Mk44S Bushmaster II gun. The secondary weapon is a 7.62 mm light machine gun M240B. Last but not least, the weapons system has an integrated anti-tank missile system, which can be either Javelin [American-made] or Spike [Israeli-made].

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