DLS upgrades LCT20 turret


Denel Land Systems has expanded the day and night fighting capabilities of its LCT20 turret by integrating an advanced electro-optical sighting package for both the commander and gunner. Developed for the Ratel infantry combat vehicle, the turret can be integrated into a wide range of armoured fighting vehicles.

DLS system engineer Steve Matthews says the upgraded LCT20-Neo significantly enhances the sighting system capabilities while retaining the ruggedness and operator simplicity of the combat-proven LCT20 turret system.

DLS also offers an optional external machine gun mount fitted at the commander hatch — operated with the commander standing out of the hatch — providing additional fire power to the co-axial machine gun fitted to the weapon cradle.
“No other changes are made to the LCT20 turret other than those required to fit the sighting systems and extra machine gun,” says Matthews. “No structural changes are made that affect the system safety or its reliability and the direct optical gunner’s sight can be retained as a back-up sight.”

The sighting system upgrade consists of the following:

360-degree stabilised zoomable electronic sight, steered internally by the commander and mounted to the turret roof.

Commander colour display user interface with the requisite mode selection controls on the screen.

Hand controller.


The gunner’s sight consists of three integral elements and is mounted to the elevation cradle directly above the centre line of the main weapon barrel.

A user interface on the Gunner Colour Display Panel with the requisite mode selection controls on the screen and incorporating the ballistic tables for the main and co-axial weapons. These range tables are selectable by the gunner.

The gunner sight consists of the Laser Range Finder, Thermal Imaging Sight and an electronic zoom-able day camera. These functions are all selectable from the Gunner Display Panel.

DLS explains the commander acquires a target and electronically hands it off to the gunner who sees it on his Gunner Display Panel. Gunners will see an arrow, indicating either left or right, pointing to the direction they must slew the turret. When the turret is within 10 mils of the commander-designated point, a mil scale opens. The gunner can then refine the engagement as well as selecting which sight is being used – either thermal imager or day-camera — and the weapon type with the relevant range tables. The gunner’s sight picture is then transmitted back to the commander as a sub-window to enable the commander to confirm the target engagement.