German defense company Rheinmetall just unveiled its futuristic remote-controlled weapon station, called the Natter. The remote-controlled weapon station NATTER 7.62 is another new member of the innovative Rheinmetall product line of the latest generation for self-protection, on tracked vehicles and wheeled vehicles, even under the most difficult conditions. The modular concept enables the integration of diff erent kits for holding weapons in caliber 5.56 x 45 mm to 7.62 x 51 mm. The integrated vision system (FlexEye®) represents the latest day and night vision (IR) sensor technology and thus enables the simultaneous, weather-independent display of several targets.
Using the latest image processing algorithms, movements of the pipe axis, caused by ballistics, can be compensated and thus allow coaxial assembly on a 2-axis stabilized platform.In addition to manual target tracking, a powerful tracker also enables automatic target tracking. All data relevant for re control are processed in real time and give the system a high level of precision that is relevant to the application. The use of standard interfaces (e.g. NGVA) simplies system integration in various vehicle classes.
The carbon-based mount technology enables a significant reduction in weight and vibration, which, in conjunction with the shape and design offer a signicantly reduced signature. The weapon station sets standards in the areas of protection class and dynamic targeting of asymmetrical threats due to the cross-sectional use of innovative so ware modules within the latest Rheinmetall RCWS Systems. The combination of an intuitive operating concept and intelligent assistance systems represents a significant relief for the operator in combat situations. The NATTER 7.62 has the ability to integrate additional control consoles and also meets the safety requirements of IEC 61508.
Rheinmetall AG has a presence in two corporate sectors (automotive and defence) with six divisions, and is headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany. As of early 2021 the existing Defence and Automotive units of Rheinmetall are to merge and five business divisions will remain: Weapon & Ammunition, Electronic Solutions, Vehicle Systems, Sensors & Actuators, and Materials & Trade. Though based in Germany, Rheinmetall Defence has a global presence. The Weapons and Ammunitions division has 10 subsidiaries, the Electronic Solutions division has 15 subsidiaries, and the Vehicle Systems division has five subsidiaries.