Remote weapon station

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Protector M151 with an M2 heavy machine gun on a M1126 Stryker
Operator screen of RWS installed on U.S. Army Stryker
A heavy FLW 200 made by Krauss-Maffei for the German Army

A remote weapon station, also known as a remote weapon system, (RWS) is a remotely operated weaponized system for light and medium caliber weapons which can be installed on ground combat vehicle or sea and air-based combat platforms. Such equipment is used on modern military vehicles, as it allows a gunner to remain in the relative protection of the vehicle. It may also be retrofitted onto existing vehicles, for example, the CROWS system is being fitted to American Humvees and the Thales SWARM for Bushmaster IMVs of the Royal Netherlands Army.

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