Rippel Effect working on low cost remote weapon station


Rippel Effect Systems, for many years specialising in grenade launchers, has begun development of a prototype low cost remote weapon station, the VK-ROWS.

The VK-ROWS (remote overhead weapon system) is a fully stabilised system featuring a sighting and targeting system with a 12.7 mm machinegun. It uses IGS components manufactured under license from Vision 24 Technologies. The system allows for under armour engagement, including cocking the weapon, trigger activation and ammunition reloading.

The weapon can traverse through 360 degrees in eight seconds, with elevation from +45 to minus 15 degrees.

Development has been underway for the last two years, but continues as the company refines its pre-production models, according to Jane’s. It is aimed at the refurbished military vehicle market.

The VK-ROWS has been fitted to and tested on the MAX 9 armoured personnel carrier built by SVI Engineering in Pretoria.

Rippel Effect was at the DSEI exhibition in London earlier this month where it showcased its multi-shot 40 mm grenade launchers, including the six-shot XRGL40 extended range and the less-lethal RL37/38/40 multi-shot launcher. The XRGL40 can fire both low and medium velocity ammunition.

At the IDEX defence show in February this year Rippel Effect revealed it had developed a lightweight 40 mm grenade launcher for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). This was developed in collaboration with the United Arab Emirates’ International Golden Group (IGG). The DLP3 or DLP6 launchers have either three or six fixed barrels. Each of the removable barrels has one round of 40x46mm low velocity or less-lethal ammunition and can be fired individually, in sequence or together.

Apart from grenade launchers, Rippel Effect supplies IGS-4S day/night sights for vehicles (it has delivered these to the Colombian Army), built under license from Vision 24, a video bore sighting device and the VK-RSS-02 day/night sight.