Archive: SA unveils Rogue CIWS

RDL Technologies is a step closer to unleashing its “Rogue” close-in weapons system (CIWS) on the world market, after a series of successful tests and demonstrations using a 12,7mm machine gun.
The system was recently fired from a mounting on the turret of a Rooikat armoured car and another aboard navy strike craft SAS Makhanda. RDL’s Karl Fischer said the Rooikat test involved static firing as well as firing on the move at targets at a range of 200m.
Fischer says there is a strong interest from the world’s navies for remote-control point defence gun systems to defend against asymmetric treats such as suicide bombers. The October 2000 attack on the USS Cole highlighted the need for perimeter defence. The Cole, an Arleigh Burke class AEGIS destroyer, is arguably one of the most capable warships in service in any navy, yet is was near powerless against a rubber duck. Fischer said the Rogue was “excellent for that role” but would also do well if fitted to small patrol craft. But many armies also have a need for stabilised gunsystems that can be fired by crews under armour. France, for example, is said to have an interest for 700 such systems. Reports from Iraq have blamed numerous US casualties on their lack of such systems and the requirements of gunners to stand upright through the roof hatches of vehicles and engage insurgents with manually-fired weapons that lack even rudimentary shields.
The Rogue can operate independently of the turret motion or the turret main weapon. The weapon can be slaved to the commander’s primary sight (CPS) or be controlled from under armour by an operator using a remote controller with a video display. A back-up mode allowing its manual operation in cases of power or other failures exist. The system can also be used as the primary weapon for an APC or a soft skinned vehicle. The Rogue is equally suitable for application on a naval vessels where it can be on an upper deck, wing or bow mounting and can be controlled from inside the bridge or combat information centre, using the remote controller and video display as a sighting system. In this application the weapon stabilisation compensates for the wave motion. On larger vessels the Rogue may also be slaved to an existing Fire Directing System (FDS).
RDL’s expertise is derived from its 25 year history in developing and manufacturing electric gun drive equipment and FDS for naval guns, armoured fighting vehicles and main battle tanks. The company has the capability to specify, design, integrate and test gun drive — gearboxes and electronics. Short turn around times and cost effective products can be guaranteed by adapting existing building blocks to suit new requirements.
20 July 2005