US Army develops armoured turret for anti-tank missile gunners

23 January 2020 (Last Updated July 2nd, 2020 10:34)

US Army engineers at Picatinny Arsenal, along with US Marine Corps (USMC) have developed a new armoured turret for anti-tank missile gunners.

US Army develops armoured turret for anti-tank missile gunners
A gunner fires a TOW missile. Credit: US Marine Corps / Cpl Aaron S Patterson.

US Army engineers at Picatinny Arsenal, along with US Marine Corps (USMC) have developed a new armoured turret for anti-tank missile gunners.

The enhanced protection will provide improved survivability to tubed-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided (TOW) missile gunners without the need for burdening the vehicles with additional weight.

Known as TOW Objective Gunner Protection Kit (TOGPK 2.0), the new turret provides an accurate balance of armour and weapon manoeuvrability with situation awareness.

The new capability is expected to protect troops and enable gunners to fight decisively.

Picatinny Arsenal armoured turret systems engineering design lead Thomas Kiel said: “The TOGPK 2.0 is the latest turret that we developed jointly with the US Marine Corps.

“The marine corps is an exceptional fighting force with very high expectations. Our close partnership with experienced warfighters during the design phase was especially helpful in meeting their needs.”

The new turret features armour materials provided by the Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory.

The system will be operational on the new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), which is replacing the existing Humvee military vehicle.

A variant of the JLTV, the Close Combat Weapons Carrier (CCWC) currently incorporates the TOGPK 2.0 turret and TOW missile system.

The decision authority over the final requirements and solutions of the turret is vested with the USMC System Command.

Gunner Protection Systems product director Narayan Bhagavatula said: “We develop our turret solutions in-house at the Armaments Center.

“This allows us to maintain full ownership of the designs and ultimately makes the system more affordable in production.”