BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa yesterday unveiled its latest manned turret to attendees at the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) and Conference in the United Arab Emirates, the Overhead Manned Turret (OMT).
The turret is a new generation, low profile turret designed for vehicles such as Light Armoured Vehicles (LAV) or Mine Protected Vehicles (MPV). The OMT is operated by one crew member.
The system has been modularly designed to support different user requirements. Parameters such as protection level, weapon interface, sighting system and position control mechanism can be configured to suit specific applications, BAE Systems said. The OMT can be configured to accommodate a range of weapons from 7.62 mm and 12.7 mm machine guns, to 40 mm grenade launchers.
The basic designated system is equipped with manual turret drives and an optical episcope with integrated aiming mark. Four smoke grenade launchers are fitted as standard.
The latest OMT-ED (Overhead Manned Turret – Electrical Drive) version is based on the basic system and is fitted with additional traverse electrical drives.
“At Land Systems South Africa we continually use our own research and development funds to improve our products to ensure our customers receive the latest technology they require to keep safe on the battlefield,” said Johan Steyn, Managing Director Land Systems South Africa.
When configured with a B7 level ballistic protection, the total mass of the turret is 550 kg excluding ammunition. Elevation and traverse hand wheels provide the standard human interface for turret movement. The OMT-ED version makes use of a dead-man switch and movement controller for rapid movement in traverse. An integrated brake system ensures operation while the vehicle is parked against a slope of 15 degrees.