Major milestone for the Navalized Nanuk Remotely Controlled Weapon Station
A Director General Maritime Equipment Program Management project team reached a major milestone when a successful Sea Acceptance Trial (SAT) was conducted onboard HMCS Goose Bay. The SAT was part of the Maritime Evaluation of the Navalized Nanuk Remotely Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS).
The Nanuk RCWS was initially fielded to operate on the Canadian Army’s Light Armored Vehicle, but were removed from service in 2014. The project team identified an innovative opportunity to repurpose these land RCWS for a maritime environment, and took just over a year to navalize and install one unit. Along with improved weapon effectiveness, stabilization, operator safety, and fire control and engagement, its complementary sensor suite brings improved capability in the form of threat detection, surveillance, and acquisition and tracking. The Naval Nanuk RCWS completed the Set-To-Work and Harbour Acceptance Trial in April. This month’s SAT verified system functionality and determined the system’s suitability for mission deployment in a live environment.
Looking ahead, the Naval Nanuk’s eight-month Maritime Technical Evaluation on HMCS Goose Bay, which includes Operation CARRIBE and Operation NANOOK, will be used to optimise the RCWS’s performance, and will potentially pave the way for future RCWS installs on all Kingston class vessels.
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