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23 February 2015

IDEX 2015: FNSS Features the New One-Man-Turret Medium Calibre SABER25 Turret for Armoured Cavalry Vehicles

With over 120 one-man-turrets delivered and in service, and more than 15 years of design experience in weapon systems, FNSS has unveiled the next generation member of the one-man-turret family, the SABER.

The SABER turret offers more than 60% larger internal volume than FNSS’s previous generation one man turret with less than 10% increase in outer envelope dimensions. The main armament consists of an ATK 25mm M242 Enhanced BUSHMASTER 25mm dual-feed automatic cannon which is provided with 240 rounds (150+90) of ready-use ammunition. 

Development of the SABER turret started in 2013 and is privately funded. SABER is a medium calibre one-man-power-operated-turret that can be deployed on a wide range wheeled and tracked armoured vehicles. SABER turret incorporates the latest technologies in turret drives, fire control, protection and lethality. The compact dimensions and light weight makes SABER a suitable choice for different types of armoured vehicles.

A 7.62mm M240 machine gun is mounted coaxially with the M242 cannon on the left hand side of the turret and is provided with 600 ready use ammunition.

A bank of three 76mm grenade launchers is mounted on both sides of the turret towards the rear. These could also be replaced by grenade launchers of other calibres. The digital fire control and sighting system includes a 3rd  Generation long wave or mid wave thermal imager, a telescopic day optical channel, unity window for surveillance, an eye safe laser range finder with 8.000m range and ballistic computation capability. The gunner is also provided with two up-look periscopes for all around vision. The gun turret drive system is electrical and fully digital with two axis stabilisation capability to ensure a high accuracy of fire on the move. The traverse and elevation drives have manual backup capability. Turret traverse is all-electric through 360 degrees, with weapon elevation from -8 to +48 degrees.

Turret shell is made of all-welded aluminium armour with add-on composite and steel armour providing ballistic protection to STANAG 4569 Level IV standard.

FNSS is displaying this vehicle variant at FNSS Stand 10-A05.

For more information please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #2/2015, available at the show and on booth #C1 10-11. 

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