Nanuk Remotely Controlled Weapon Station

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Overhead Weapons Station (OWS)
Convoy of Canadian Light Armored Vehicles near Khadan, Afghanistan.jpg
Type Remote Weapon System
Place of origin  Canada
Service history
Used by Canadian Forces
Production history
Designer Rheinmetall Defence Canada
Manufacturer Rheinmetall Defence Canada
Caliber 5.56mm, 7.62mm, 12.7mm, 25mm, 40mm
Elevation -
Traverse 360

The Nanuk is a remote weapon station (RWS) used for light and medium caliber weapons which can be installed on any type of armored vehicles or Brown water patrol vessel.[1] It is designed by Rheinmetall Canada, in Quebec, Canada. The word Nanuk (ᓇᓄᖅ) means "Polar bear" in Inuktitut.


The Nanuk is a remotely controlled weapon station (RCWS) that can be integrated on various armoured vehicle platforms and used for different mission profiles. The Nanuk weapon station combines full stabilisation, long range day/night all weather sights and universal weapon cradle that integrates 5.56mm, 7.62mm and 12.7mm weapons, and 40mm AGL.[2]

Several weapons can be mounted to the platform, such as:


  1. ^ "All Polar Bears Have a Bite – the Nanuk Weapons Station". Canadian American Strategic Review. Retrieved 2016-09-30. The Nanuk is a Canadian design distinct from other Rheinmetall RCWS models. 
  2. ^ "Nanuk medium-weight weapon station". Rheinmetall Canada. Archived from the original on 2008-06-13. Retrieved 2016-09-30.