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BAE to showcase new gun turret

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- BAE Systems' Self Defense Remotely Operated Weapon turret is being unveiled next week at the Africa Aerospace and Defense 2010 exhibition.

The turret was designed and developed by company engineers in South Africa.

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The company said the system -- equipped with a small-caliber weapon -- was designed for simple installation and removal on a variety of soft-skinned, light-armored and mine-protected vehicles, with specific emphasis on logistical carriers.

It can be operated by one crew member from under or behind cover and the weapon can easily be removed for personal use.

"The SD-ROW turret is a cost effective solution for first-order defense for many types of operational vehicles, such as logistics transport carriers, lighter attack and other mine-protected vehicles and allows under-armor protected target engagement without exposing the gunner," said Johan Steyn, managing director for BAE Land Systems, South Africa.

The turret is 24 inches high and 18.5 inches wide. It weighs just 143 pounds, including the weapon and 200 rounds of ammunition.

The exhibition is Sept. 21-25 in Cape Town, South Africa.

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