New BAE vehicle turret on market

Feb. 18, 2013 at 1:46 PM

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- A new generation of low-profile turret for armored vehicles has been put on display in the United Arab Emirates by BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa.

The Overhead Manned Turret for use on Light Armored Vehicles and Mine Protected Vehicles, on display at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi, is of a modular design and can be configured to handle a range of weapons -- from 7.62mm and 12.7mm machine guns to 40mm grenade launchers.

The basic system features manual turret drives and an optical episcope with integrated aiming mark. The latest OMT with an electrical drive features additional traverse electrical drives for faster target engagement.

The turret's weight, with B7 level ballistic protection and without ammunition, is 1,212 pounds. Its height is 21.6 inches. Its integrated brake system also allows for operation while the vehicle is parked against a slope of 15 degrees, the company said.

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