For all types of military platforms
Today’s service personnel face an ever-evolving battle environment and must react instantly to the demands of every situation. Saab provides critical solutions, capable of responding to all threats – whatever form they may take.
The family of Trackfire Remote Weapon Stations (RWS) builds on over 50 years of developing radar- and electro-optic fire control platforms for both land and naval environments.
Trackfire is designed to integrate a wide menu of weapons and sensors. Including the stabilised weapon platform capability and SILOS function, this enables the operator to deliver a variety of effectors, irrespective of the environment, with cutting edge performance.
Photo: © Swedish Armed Forces
Stabilised Independent Line of Sight (SILOS)
Trackfire’s unique configuration provides a true SILOS. As the independently stabilised sensor module is decoupled from the weapon’s axes (and hence isolated from weapon recoil effects), the operator is able to maintain the line of sight on the target, thereby greatly reducing target acquisition times.
Furthermore, this configuration enables a target to be continuously lased during the engagement sequence; thereby providing a true comprehensive ballistic calculation including 3D target prediction.
Ease of integration
Trackfire is developed to integrate on to a wide range of platforms and with complimentary equipment. This allows the customer to decide on the level of desired integration: from a complete standalone solution to a fully integrated, network sub-system.
The Trackfire RWS provides exceptional capabilities across the full operational spectrum and enhances force multiplication through reliability, superior hit performance and adaptable flexibility.
Trackfire consists of the following main units:
Director Unit (DU)
- Sensor Module (SM)
Human Machine Interface (HMI)
- Gunners Display (GD)
- Fire Control Panel (FCP)
- Control Handle (CH)
- Video Tracker (VT)
Trackfire RWS provides the hit performance required to engage threats effectively under all conditions. Trackfire has been developed with the operator in mind.
All primary functionality is ergonomically presented on the HMI, ensuring that Surveillance and Target Acquisition (STA) cycles are near instantaneous without the operator having to break visual contact with the gunners display.
A dual command facilitates shared capabilities, shorter response times and reduced sensor-to-shooter cycles. Fully prepared for the integration into other platform systems, target and image data can be transmitted within the platform as well as to and from other systems and platforms.
A wide range of weapon effects (including complimentary solution such as non-lethal effectors) can be mounted, often in combination with one another.
The operator is able to select what mounted weapon to use with just a switch of a button on the HMI – the embedded fire control computer does the rest
Examples of delivered weapons integrations are:
- Browning M2 .50 BMG
- FN MAG58 7, 62
- Mk19 40x53mm
- H&K GMG 40x53mm
For maximum crew protection, all Trackfire RWS operations can be performed from below armour or deck, thereby increasing their fightability whilst removing them from harm’s way.
Graceful degradation also ensures system functionality in the event of battlefield damage or a malfunction and a reversionary mode ensures that full crew-served operation is still possible.
Trackfire RWS is designed to meet all operational requirements, ranging from small craft in severe weather conditions to Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFV) moving at high speed through challenging terrain – all whilst engaging the target with the highest degree of precision.
Integration of different type of effectors
- Smoke Grenade Launcher (SGL)
- Dazzler / Pointer
- Machine gun
- Lightweight medium caliber cannon
- Dual command
- Appliquée armour
- Integration with platform sub-systems, including:
- Battlefield Management Systems (BMS) / Combat Management System (CMS)
- Navigation Systems
- Defensive Aides Suites (DAS)
- Video Distribution System (VDS)
Saab has delivered Trackfire to Finland and Sweden for amphibious and naval applications. The naval platforms range from combat boats to missile boats. Different levels of integration to new and existing systems on the platforms have been performed.
- Cooled IRV-sensor in spectral band 3 – 5 µm
- IRV-sensor is equipped with electrical image processing (NIR- and polarization filter)
- Day camera with 40°- 2° optical zoom
- Laser Range Finder (LRF) (Class 1, Eyesafe): >4000 meter, <+/- 5 m
- Elevation -20° to +55
- Azimuth (side): +/-15° relative DU azimuth axis
- Example primary weapons: KSP88 (M2) or GRSP92 (MK19)
- Example secondary weapon: KSP58 (MAG 58)
- Elevation -20° till +55°
- Azimuth (side): 360° continuously
- Angular velocity az & el: 120 deg/s (max)
- Acceleration az & el: 400 deg/s²
- Temperature (operational): -30°C to +55°C
- EMC according to MIL-STD-461F and MIL-STD-810G
Weight & volume
- Director Unit: ~280 kg (excl. Weapons and ammunition)
- Height: ~950 mm
- Width: ~1050 mm