IMI has developed the Wave, an advanced, stabilized remotely operated weapon station designed for 7.62mm, 12.7mm / 0.5” machinguns and 40mm Grenade Launchers. Wave is a field proven system and is currently in serial production.
The low-profile system is designed for easy integration with the vehicle, maintaining a cost effective solution. Both weapon and optronic modules are stabilized, enabling surveillance, observation and targeting in stationary or on the move conditions, and effective engagement of moving targets. The system comes with an integral, stabilized optronic assembly, designed to be flexible and modular, accommodating specific customer furnished equipment or requirements.
Wave is operated by a single crew member, controlling the sight and weapon from a control panel located within the protected cabin. In addition to system’s control, the console also provides image-processing and enhancement, improving performance at night and under limited visibility conditions.
The WAVE line of Advanced, Remotely Operated Weapon Stations comprises four models, all equipped with advanced servo controlled pedestal with optional stabilization, mounting different types of weapons, and advanced optronics. Employing the Wave, operators can continue to perform all combat missions, including day and night observation, target acquisition and weapon operation, while protected by the armor.
Of the four models, Wave 100 and 200 are designed to mount a wide range of light, medium or heavy automatic weapons including 7.62 mm light machine gun or the Browning 0.5″ heavy machine guns or various types of 40mm Automatic Grenade Launchers (AGL). The Wave 300 model is uniquely tailored for the 12.7 mm NSTV machine gun commonly used in the Eastern Bloc. The WAVE 200 Weapon Station is mounted on the Panhard VBR vehicle, on display at the IMI stand C701.
At Eurosatory, IMI introduces WAVE 400, the latest member of IMI’s family of remotely operated weapon stations. WAVE 400 represents a new, modular approach featuring light weight, small dimensions and affordability, providing a cost effective solution for equipping large numbers of light armored vehicles with this life saving capability. Like the other weapon stations in the WAVE family, the Wave 400 accommodates weapons of different calibers. It is designed primarily for the M240 7.62mm machine gun, but can also be adapted to mount a Browning 0.5″ HMG. WAVE-400 is equipped with full-featured electro-optical channel and control system. The modular design can accommodate add-on features tailored for the user’s requirements. The WAVE-400 is mounted on the Musketeer Multirole Light Armored Vehicle from Saymar, displayed at the Israeli Pavilion at Hall 6, stand B 640.
Source: Israel Military Industries Ltd.