Aselsan Receives Contract to Supply of Naval RCWS to Bahrain

Turkey’s Aselsan has signed a new sales contract to supply naval Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS) to the Kingdom of Bahrain, the company announced on Twitter.

Aselsan recently signed a contract with a NATO member country for the supply of Advanced RCWS systems and Gunshot Detection Systems.

Aselsan manufactures two naval RCWS, the 30 mm SMASH Remote Controlled Stabilized Naval Gun System and the 25 mm STOP Remote Controlled Stabilized Naval Gun System.

Aselsan 30 mm SMASH Remote Controlled Stabilized Naval Gun System.
Aselsan 30 mm SMASH Remote Controlled Stabilized Naval Gun System.


SMASH is a remotely operated stabilized weapon station fitted with 30mm Mk44 Bushmaster-II Canon.

SMASH configurations incorporate advanced features as remote operation, built-in electro-optic sensor system and/or separate electro-optic fire control system for autonomous operation, day and night operation, stabilized turret, automatic target tracking (detect, track and fire on the move) and ballistic computation.

SMASH System has a stabilized turret which enables the line-of-sight of the gun to be aimed at the target at all times. Due to the stabilization feature, the system can perform precise firings against stationary or moving targets while the platform is on-the-move.

The system can be operated remotely by using the remote gun control unit and hence provides gunner protection against counter fire. Besides, SMASH System is capable of firing 200 rounds per minute with its dual feed 30mm automatic cannon.

SMASH incorporates a separately stabilized electro-optical suit that can move in elevation and azimuth axes relative to gun. This ensures effective firing at long distances by enabling line-of-sight to stay on the target at all times, even during the firing where ballistic correction is applied to the gun. The separately stabilized electro-optical sight also enables surveillance and target tracking without aiming the gun to the target.​


STOP is a new generation, cost-effective, medium caliber weapon system for naval platforms fitted with 25mm KBA or 25mm M242 Bushmaster Automatic Cannon. The system provides a lightweight, versatile, and effective means of force protection for applications ranging from capital ships to patrol craft.

Aselsan 25 mm STOP Remote Controlled Stabilized Naval Gun System.
Aselsan 25 mm STOP Remote Controlled Stabilized Naval Gun System.

STOP has exceptionally high hit and kill probability with impressive firepower comprising of a two-axis stabilized turret containing an electro-optical sensor suite and fire-control software. STOP is capable of acquiring targets and engaging them autonomously either via the ship’s Combat Management System or by the use of own sensors. The optical sensor suite of STOP provides enhanced situational awareness and the ability to identify threats day or night, in all weather conditions.

The high accuracy of STOP is achieved by using sophisticated stabilization algorithms and powerful servo drive/control system in both traverse and elevation enabling precision engagement on the target and fire execution under the coordination of a state-of-the-art fire control computer.

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