By Arie Egozi
The threat is imminent and deadly – navy ships are a clear and immediate target for attacks performed by swarms of UAS carrying explosives.
Intelligence sources say that some terror organizations have been accumulating such UAS and plan to use them against navy ships.
To answer this emerging threat Rafael has developed the Typhoon Mk 30 C a stabilized, small caliber naval gun. The remotely controlled weapon station is equipped with the ATK Mk44 Bushmaster 30 mm gun that is fed with high explosive and Air Burst Munition (ABM) that has a superior capability in defending against multiple threats in swarm attack scenarios.
Navy captain (Res.) Yoram I. marketing & business development naval weapon systems of Rafael said that the new weapon station incorporates an on-mount Electro-Optical Director with a state-of-the-art Fire Control System to optimize effective surveillance and engage threats in all weather conditions, day and night.
“Its high level of stabilization and pointing accuracy, result in a high hit probability, even against small and fast maneuvering targets. The system can be operated 24/7 in surveillance mode, offering multi-mission capability to the ship.”
The Typhoon Mk-30c fires all NATO standard 30×173 ammunition with adjustable rates of fire, from single shot, up to 200 rounds per minute. Its magazine holds 200 ready rounds on mount. “With 70 degree elevation, coupled with ABM, the Typhoon Mk-30c can defeat small and medium UAS including the latest emerging drone threats.”
The Rafael official added that the Typhoon 30C is operated by a remote operator console, ergonomically designed for easy and safe operation in the harsh maritime environment. When installed in a standalone configuration, the system achieves its high performance relying solely on its own sensors. Alternatively, it can be integrated to the ship’s CMS. In this configuration, it can be operated exclusively from the CMS or with the CMS as a secondary operating console.