Israel’s Rafael unveils its newly enhanced SAMSON 30mm Integrated RWS for light vehicles, designed to meet the threats of the modern battlefield, this week at AUSA 2021 in Washington, DC.
According Rafael, the RWS features hostile fire detection capabilities and the ability to rapidly and effectively return fire via a fast, accurate slew-to-cue mechanism. It also includes a unified user interface for all subsystems, an inherent hatch for close situational awareness, and under-armor ammunition loading that increases lethality. These capabilities enable the SAMSON to turn light vehicle into powerful assets.
A key element of SAMSON’s lethality is integration of the SPIKE LR 1&2 multi-purpose guided missiles, and its full collaboration TROPHY active protection system (APS), which allows it to provide unparalleled maneuverability and survivability. SAMSON is a sibling of Rafael’s MCWS, which was a key element of Oshkosh Defense’s winning proposal to up-gun the US Army’s STRYKERs.
Other Rafael systems and solutions on show during AUSA will include: SPIKE, the family of 5th-generation, multi-purpose, EO-guided missiles; IRON DOME (SKY-HUNTER); DAVID’S SLING (SKY-CEPTOR) air defense system, designed to intercept medium-range missiles; DRONE DOME, combat-proven counter-UAS; FIRE WEAVER, a networked system which connects all battlefield elements in real time; and SKYSPOTTER, an air-defense passive EO early warning system.