The Hornet range of Remote-Controlled Weapon Stations (RCWS) has been selected by the French Army to equip its new generation of combat vehicles. Hornet notably provides with the main armament for the Griffon and the Serval and the secondary armament for the Jaguar. This order makes Hornet a major supplier of RCWS.
Building on the experience of the RCWS developed for the French Army in the framework of the Scorpion programme, Hornet offers high-end remotely operated weapons systems with the most advanced technologies and capabilities. The current offering includes the Hornet, the flagship product of the new range, and the Hornet Lite, a lighter version with the same optronic systems. These RCWS fully enhance the capabilities of the vehicles equipped with them, taking them to fully new operational levels. All Hornet RCWS users benefit from the feedback and upgrades to the range.
The remote-controlled weapon stations of the Hornet range are very versatile products, combining an effector and latest generation sensors. This makes them the tool of choice for observation, reconnaissance and intelligence, but also for information sharing, blue/red force tracking, designation of enemy targets and indirect fire guidance. In the configuration presented at Eurosatory, the Hornet turret offers unique performance in a very limited space, with a very limited weight.
The Hornet turrets are incomparably more accurate than a circular-mounted weapon, particularly in movement. They are gyro-stabilised from the optronic unit, which gives them exceptional stability and accuracy. The probability of hitting on the first shot is enhanced by a sophisticated ballistic solution calculation system that takes into account various parameters such as weapon, ammunition type, range, target movement and vehicle behaviour. These different capabilities allow for the reduction of ammunition carriage where necessary, while still allowing for superior tactical effects.
The Hornet RCWS are highly versatile and suitable for IFVs, APCs and UGVs. They can also contribute to anti-tank and anti-drone systems, as well as self-protection or collaborative protection solutions.