A recently introduced alternative
is the XM116 from L3 Communications, developed specifically
for the Mk19 and other support weapons. The U.S. Army is
currently evaluating the system for possible deployment on light
armored vehicles, including armored recovery vehicles, future
light trucks and other tactical vehicles.
The system currently fielded mounts various weapons from 5.56
machine guns up to the M230LF 30mm automatic cannon and the
Mk-19 40mm grenade launchers. The system uses a multi-sensor
day/night electro-optical payload for target acquisition and
aiming. In the newly modified version, SRWS was redesigned with
a lower profile, lower height and reduced frontal signature.
It also uses appliqué ballistic protection and less exposed
cabling for improved survivability.
sensor package was also improved with the introduction of an
integrated InSb 320x256 FPA and a CCD camera with x27 zoom lens
offering 26.5 – 1.3 FOV. Other functions include video
stabilization, lead compensation, automated sector scan function
and optional video tracking. The system can be programmed with
up to 200 target reference points. SRWS provides continuous
traverse of 360 deg., completing a full traverse in four seconds.
The gun can elevate from +60 to -20 at a pointing accuracy of
+/- 0.3 mil and under-fire stability of 2 mils.
2005 ROI has teamed with Fire Control Systems (FCS) and EOS
Technologies (EOST) of Tucson, Arizona, subsidiaries of Electro
Optic Systems, Limited (EOS) of Australia, to provide the fire
control and sensor components for CROWS. The CROWS SRWS mount
is also capable of carrying the lightweight 30mm automatic gun