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Rafael Typhoon Naval Weapon Station
Stabilized Naval Remotely-Controlled Weapon Station

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The Typhoon is a remote weapon station manufactured by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Israel, and it shares similar design principles and common technologies with Samson Remote Controlled Weapon Station (Samson RCWS), a land-based system manufactured by the same developer. Like Samson RCWS, Typhoon is also multi-configurable.

The first Typhoon, the Mk-23, was released in 1997. The weapon is mounted on a stabilized deck mounting which allows it to remain on target as the platform beneath it moves. The stabilizer has an accuracy of 0.25 milliradians (mrad), allowing it to keep the weapon aimed to within 250 millimetres (9.8 in) on a target 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) away.

The mounting does not penetrate the platform, making it relatively simple to fit the weapon to ships. Typhoon can use sights attached to the weapon mount or it can receive inputs from an independent Electro-Optical Detector (EOD) or Fire Control Radar (FCR). Using its own sight the Typhoon system can provide firing solutions entirely without outside assistance, allowing it to function fully independently.

The cannon system mounted can be an ATK, Oerlikon, Mauser or Giat/Nexter model in the 20-30 mm caliber range. Between 160 and 210 rounds are carried on the mounting, depending on the caliber. The mount can traverse 120° to either side and elevate between -12.5° and 40.5°. The weight of a complete system is between 690 and 750 kilograms (1,520 and 1,650 lb) without ammunition, depending on the guns and sensors mounted.

Technical Specifications (Typhoon):
Gun Type up to 30mm
Surveillance System: CCD / FLIR / LRF
Ammunition capacity: up to 200 (caliber dependent)
Traverse: +/- 160°
Elevation: - 20° to +70°
Total weight: less than 1000 kg

Typhoon Mk-30c
Typhoon Mk-30c is a new variant equipped with the 30 mm Mk44 Bushmaster II and 200 ready use rounds.

Technical Specifications (Typhoon Mk-30c):
Gun type: 30 mm Bushmaster Mk.44
Surveillance System: EOD / FLIR / CCD / LRF
Ammunition capacity: 200 ready rounds
Rate of fire: 5 rates, from single shot to 200 rpm
Traverse: +/- 165°
Elevation: - 20° to + 70°
Total weight: less than 1000 kg

Mini Typhoon
The Mini Typhoon is a lightweight, remote-controlled weapon station based on the Typhoon. It can be fitted with a 12.7 mm (.50) machine gun, a 7.62 mm machine gun, or a 40 mm grenade launcher, with a magazine of up to 230 rounds. The system has an accuracy rating of 0.5 mrad, weighs between 140 and 170 kilograms (310 and 370 lb), depending on the weapon fitted, and can be installed without structural penetration of a ship's deck.

Technical Specifications (Mini Typhoon):
Gun type: Browning caliber .50 / MPMG 7.62 mm / 40 mm Grenade launcher
Surveillance System: FLIR / CCD / LRF
Traverse: 360°
Elevation: -20° to + 60°
Total weight: 140-170 kg (308-374 lbs)
On mount ammunition: up to 230 rounds

Typhoon systems are in use by:
Israeli Navy
Indian Navy
Philippine Navy
Royal Australian Navy
Royal New Zealand Navy
Republic of Singapore Navy + Coast Guard
Sri Lankan Navy

sources: wikipedia / Rafael

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Typhoon Mk-30c

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Mini Typhoon

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Mini Typhoon

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Mini Typhoon

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