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Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., developer and manufacturer of land, air and naval systems, has won a contract to supply its advanced Samson Mk II Remote Weapon Stations to the Lithuanian armed forces, as part of a deal that was signed to provide Lithuania with 88 high-protection BOXER vehicles starting in 2017.

In this contract, Rafael is serving as a sub-contractor under ARTEC, a joint venture between Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Rheinmetall, which will deliver the vehicles with medium-calibre weaponry in a remote-controlled turret.

The Samson Mk II is a dual-axis, gyro-stabilized, dual-sight (Gunner and Commander) remote-controlled weapon system capable of mounting multiple weapons. The Samson Mk II offers significant improvements, including lower silhouette, add-on armor protection, and improved hit accuracy, boosted crew survivability with under-armor reloading and increased rigidity – all of which enable improved combat continuity.

Rafael will deliver the Lithuanian army Samson Mk II RWS systems with a 30 mm automatic cannon, 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun, with Rafael’s Spike LR (Long Range) ATGM launchers carrying two missiles and eight smoke grenade launchers on each station. This will provide the Lithuanian armed forces improved lethality, increased mission flexibility in both urban and open terrain scenarios, with maximum survivability for the crew and vehicle.

Deployed in over 25 countries, Rafael RWS offered in four land configurations and two naval configurations (Typhoon Weapon Stations). Samson RWS support diverse, interchangeable weapons and sensors including 5.56/7.62/12.7 mm machine guns, 40 mm automatic grenade launchers, anti-tank missiles, observation pods, and non lethal capabilities.