Sunday, 23 April 2017

Brazilian ARES to field test its newly developed 30 mm TORC30 (RWS)

Brazilian ARES seeks vehicle tests for its air defence RWS

Victor Barreira, Istanbul - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

21 April 2017

ARES Aeroespacial e Defesa, Elbit Systems' Brazilian operation, hopes to field test its newly developed 30 mm TORC30 remote weapon station (RWS) on an Iveco VBTP-MR Guarani 6x6 amphibious armoured vehicle.

ARES is awaiting a vehicle from the Brazilian Army in order to integrate the turret and carry out initial field evaluation tests, the company told Jane's on 20 April. Two prototypes - one experimental and another operational - were manufactured and the latter was approved for operation during factory tests, he added.

However, the Brazilian Army is not currently considering procuring the weapon station, a service official recently told Jane's.

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30 mm TORC30 remote weapon station (RWS)


The TORC30 system allows the remote operation of a 30mm Rheinmetall MK30-2 / ABM cannon, mounted on a shielded vehicle, stabilized in direction and elevation with the vehicle in motion, observing and identifying ground and aerial targets with the use of camera and monitor , And aiming and firing the weapon from a remote control station inside the car.

  • Low profile tower
  • Armed with a 30mm automatic cannon and equipped with a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun and smoke grenade launchers
  • Two autonomous day and night observation systems, one for the commander and one for the sniper
  • Computerized control and shooting control system, allowing high-precision shooting during movement (continuous, burst or intermittent)
  • Tripping rate up to 600 shots / minute
  • It also features STANAG 4569 level 2 standard NATAN modular shielding, expandable up to level 4, distributed throughout the tower including observation systems
  • It has a laser alert system against external threats
  • Prediction of sniper detection system
  • Prediction of integration with anti-car missile system
  • Automatic target tracking system
  • Internal tower access for handling and maintenance, giving greater safety to the crew
30 mm x 173 MK-30/2 ABM

The optimum combination of a high rate of fire and state-of-the-art ammunition technology makes the MK30-2/ABM an uncompromising, highly reliable weapon system. With a maximum effective range of 3,000 metres, the MK30-2/ABM is extremely effective against land, air and sea targets. The MK30-2/ABM is the main armament of the new German Puma infantry fighting vehicle. Source

30mm Cannon
Rheinmetall MK30-2 / ABM
2 magazines with a capacity of 150 shots and 50 shots respectively
Possibility of using ABM ammunition for aerial targets

Machine gun (forecast)
MAG 7.62mm 
Magazine with a capacity of 500 shots

Ballistic protection
STANAG 4569 level 2, 3 or 4

Smoke grenade launcher
8 tubes of 76mm smoke grenade launchers

Laser Detection Unit
Detects and accurately locates laser light sources that can pose

Sniper detection unit (prediction)
Detects and precisely locates hostile fire from small arms, rockets and mortars from sound waves generated by detonations

Horizontal and vertical drive

Azimuth Reach
N x 360º

Reach in elevation
- 5th to + 85th


Stabilized rotation in two axes (azimuth and elevation)

Accuracy of firing line stabilization
<0.35 m Rad 1σ (on both axes)

Shooter Station - Monitor
10.4 "LCD, resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels

Manete and keys
Ergonomic with the main accessible commands

Commander Station (optional) - Monitor
10.4 "LCD, resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels

Handle and keys
Ergonomic with the main accessible commands

Optronic Shooter Unit - Daytime Camera
Color CCD Sensor
15X Optical Magnification,
Continuous Auto Focus

Thermal camera
Refrigerated thermal sensor Wavelengths
3.6 to 4.8 μm
Optical magnification 10X,
continuous Inversion of image polarity

Laser Rangefinder
Class 1M (safe to sight) Center
wavelength 1540 nm
Range 20 km (better conditions)
Accuracy of + 5m

Commander's optronic unit (optional)
Features similar to Optician Sniper Unit

Environmental conditions

Electromagnetic Compatibility


VBTP-MR Guarani 6×6: Details