The NARWHAL is a stabilized remotely controlled naval weapon station which combines the 20mm impressive firepower and advanced electro-optical day/night sensors for countering and neutralizing both conventional and evolving asymmetric threats. Building upon the experience gained in the area of naval, very light weight gun mounts(15A/15B) and in the technologies used for helicopter gun turrets (THL 20/THL 30), Nexter Systems has developed a Remotely operated naval weapon system called NARWHAL.
The reliable Nexter 20mm automatic cannon (available in two versions), in service with the French Navy, Army and Air Force and in 25 countries worldwide. Firing either 20x102mm NATO standard, M50 and PGU type ammunition or 20x139mm ammunition with high terminal effect, NARWHAL provides superior firepower with significantly higher effective range than those of heavy machine guns and is definitely a real alternative to greater medium calibre versions. NARWHAL ensures high standards of performance, exceptional accuracy and availability with superior hit performance up to an effective range of 2000m, facilitating reduced ammunition usage, even in severe weather conditions and rough sea.
The NARWHAL, which combines outstanding effectiveness with ease of integration, can easily be interfaced with existing ship surveillance/combat management systems through software implementation. This “stand alone” remotely operated NARWHALÂ® system is easy to installon any types of ships (from fast craft andpatrol boat to OPV, frigate and logistics ship) to ensure proper defense against threats incase of piracy, illicit traffics or terrorist acts at sea, anywhere in the world. NARWHAL will ensure the close-in self-defence of French and Egyptian FREMM frigates and French Mistral class Ships. NARWHAL is also operated on patrol boats in a Middle Eastern country.