The Indian media reported this week that the government-run company Ordnance Factory of Tiruchirappalli (OFT) handed over 25 locally assembled 12.7mm stabilized remote control gun (SRCG) systems to the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard.
The first batch of 25 weapons, consisting of 15 for the Navy and 10 for the Coast Guard, was manufactured at the factory in the city of Trichy through the country's transfer of technology (ToT) initiative with the support of Israel's Elbit Systems.
The SRCG system is fitted with a 12.7mm M2 NATO standard heavy machine gun, designed to suit marine warfare. The weapon mounted on ships and small surveillance crafts can engage small boats, skiffs and other small crafts with high accuracy during day and night operations. The SRCG system competes with the Typhoon system of Israeli company Rafael in Asian markets.
The SRCG has a built-in day CCD Camera, thermal imager and laser range finder systems for observation and tracking targets, even at night. The system is manufactured and supplied to India's Navy and Coast Guard through the transfer of technology from Elbit in various phases.