Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001

General Robotics unveils Shark Offshore RCWS boats for special operations at Euronaval 2022


General Robotics has introduced a new version of a remote-controlled weapon station optimized for naval applications. Shark’s new Marine RCWS meets the need for special operations forces to operate their weapons on small boats. These compact boats move with high speed and agility.


General Robotics has introduced Shark, a unique RCWS applicable to naval roles, from special operations to law enforcement interception, including interception, coastal security, counterterrorism, and anti-piracy activities. (Image source: General Robotics)


However, the constantly moving platform reduces the accuracy of firing with conventional weapon mounts, requiring operators to get dangerously close to the enemy to achieve the desired effects. Large boat crews often operate stable weapon stations to improve shooting accuracy, but these systems are much larger and heavier for RHIBs. To meet this challenge, General Robotics has introduced Shark, a unique RCWS applicable to naval roles, from special operations to law enforcement interception, including interception, coastal security, counterterrorism, and anti-piracy activities.

“We designed the Shark to meet the specific requirements of Marine commandos and SEALs,” said Shahar Gal, CEO of General Robotics. To meet the most pressing needs of Naval Special Warfare (NSW), the Shark has been designed and tested with users and experts from the local and international NSW community. The Shark fits small manned and unmanned naval vessels, NSW boats and raid aircraft to provide versatile and accurate firepower. With a net weight of 85 kg (without weapons or ammunition), the Shark is lighter and smaller than other marine weapon stations. Designed as a rugged, robust and seaworthy system, it is versatile enough to operate remotely on a crowded surface, and scores direct hits in up to 3 marine conditions, as the platform and targets are constantly on the move.

The new Shark is based on the combat-proven Pitbull RCWS. “We developed the Shark prototype as a robust, lightweight system that provides seamless remote operation by a single operator with some special modifications for marine use and NSW operating concepts,” Gal said, adding that the prototype was refined based on feedback from our customers and partners following extensive field trials. , which led to further maturity of Shark’s fieldwork.

As an Israeli Navy veteran, Gal is accustomed to the marine environment, a knowledge that has shaped system design optimization to increase operational flexibility, reduce size, save weight, and improve reliability. Gal said: “The bottom line, the reduced weight and size derives significant benefits, meaning the Shark can be fitted to smaller boats and handle recoil loads with less weight and energy. As a result, the Shark consumes less energy and delivers less power. Higher accelerations, resulting in higher accelerations, resulting in less energy and less weight. It can be used as a stand-alone system with its own sensors or integrated with other onboard sensors. In this way, we provide combat solutions tailored to meet the unique requirements of our customers.”


Russian shipyard Vyborg laid the coast guard ship Purga Ice class of project 23550925001With a net weight of 85kg (without weapons or ammunition), the Shark is lighter and smaller than other marine weapon stations. (Image source: General Robotics)


Russian shipyard Vyborg laid the coast guard ship Purga Ice class of project 23550925001The new Shark is based on the combat-proven Pitbull RCWS. “We have developed the Shark prototype as a robust, lightweight system that provides seamless remote operation by a single operator with some special modifications for marine use and operating concepts in NSW,” said Shahar Gal, CEO of General Robotics. (Image source: General Robotics)


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