FLW 100 weapon station

Remote controlled light weapon station 100 (FLW 100)

The modular-design weapon stations offer active self-protection for use on light combat and command vehicles. This way, they make an important contribution to soldiers’ safety on missions.

Performance characteristics FLW 100

The FLW 100 was developed and qualified for use by the Bundeswehr as a self-defence and surveillance system on armoured wheeled vehicles. The system requirements for the weapon station were implemented in compliance with the most demanding safety technology specifications and criteria.

FLW 100 weapon station
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The FLW 100 has a mechanical interface which allows the adaptation of various weapons equipment kits in calibre 7.62 mm. (implemented for MG3, MG5 and FN-MAG).

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Optronic sensor systems enable battlefield surveillance, target acquisition and engagement  by day, night and under poor visibility.

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The weapon stations function without the need to make an opening in the roof. This way, the vehicle retains its ballistic protection level.

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The FLW100 is operated using a control and display unit and a one-handed controller. These control battlefield surveillance, system movements, firing as well as all other functions of the weapon station.

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The electrical and mechanical interfaces of the FLW 100 are identical to those of the FLW 200. This makes it possible to exchange weapon stations configured for various armaments.

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Automatic recognition of weapons, optronics modules and vehicle variants enables the weapon station system to be completely replaced within a few minutes.

The FLW 100 has a mechanical interface which allows the adaptation of various weapons equipment kits in calibre 7.62 mm. (implemented for MG3, MG5 and FN-MAG).

Optronic sensor systems enable battlefield surveillance, target acquisition and engagement  by day, night and under poor visibility.

The weapon stations function without the need to make an opening in the roof. This way, the vehicle retains its ballistic protection level.

The FLW100 is operated using a control and display unit and a one-handed controller. These control battlefield surveillance, system movements, firing as well as all other functions of the weapon station.

The electrical and mechanical interfaces of the FLW 100 are identical to those of the FLW 200. This makes it possible to exchange weapon stations configured for various armaments.

Automatic recognition of weapons, optronics modules and vehicle variants enables the weapon station system to be completely replaced within a few minutes.

Facts about the FLW 100

Modular configuration provides maximum flexibility

The FLW 100 remote-controlled light weapon station is a modular self-protection system enabling customer-specific configuration. Krauss-Maffei Wegmann’s lightweight, gyro-stabilised weapon stations provide optimal reconnaissance and self-protection capabilities of the highest technological level. Developed and qualified in accordance with Bundeswehr specifications in compliance with the latest system safety requirements, the weapon stations have remained consistently dependable partners since their introduction with maximum availability under all conditions.

Simple adaptation that requires no roof opening and its low weight makes the FLW 100 usable for multiple functions on almost any type of vehicle and even in autonomous operation (e. g. site defence).  For instance, the weapon station can be refitted from a main battle tank to a lightly armoured patrol vehicle within an extremely short amount of time.

The armament can also be changed quickly and reliably in calibres 5.56 and 7.62 mm. This enables the use of different weapon types (e. g. MG3, MG5, FN-MAG etc.) by means of specific weapon equipment kits. Automatic equipment kit detection and the operating software allow the armament to be changed within a few minutes.

Modular optronic sensor systems ensure optimal battlefield surveillance, target acquisition and engagement by day, night and under poor visibility. In addition to the high-resolution CCD colour camera with zoom, a powerful thermal imager (cooled or uncooled), an innovative combined night vision function and a laser range finder are part of the weapon stations’ modular surveillance, operating, and display concept.

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The FLW 100 additionally enables

  • Adaptation of protection systems (e.g. MPL-40)
  • Adaptation of other weapons in calibres 5.56 mm and 7.62 mm
  • Adaptation of ballistic protection modules
  • Capability expansions, such as
    • Sniper detection
    • Shot counter
    • Scan mode
    • Recording software
  • Integration in command and simulation systems
FLW 100 weapon station

FLW 100 – Modular configuration enables the flexible use in a variety of threat scenarios.

The ideal combination of weapon selection, high-grade optronics and stabilisation ensures quick and precise reaction to threats, even during travel.

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Rotation radius

~ 940 mm (with MG3)

Total height

~ 660 mm

Carriage weight

~ 100 kg (without weapon and ammunition)

Lateral adjustment ranges

n x 360°

Vertical adjustment range

-15 to +70°

Lateral laying speed

0.1 to 60°/s

Vertical laying speed

0.1 to 30°/s

Armament variants

MG3, MG5, FN-MAG 7.62 mm, NMWA 40 mm

Ammunition quantities

250/480 rounds

Developed/qualified as per

DIN EN 61508, MIL standard

  • Universal use from light wheeled vehicles to heavy battle tanks.
  • 2-axle stabilisation enables optimal operation even during travel.
  • Adaptation of the MPL-40 protection system increases the vehicle protection function through the deployment of various smoke agents n x 360°
  • High-resolution optronics modules enable surveillance and engagement by day and night, as well as under adverse weather conditions.
  • Target range determination from 50 m to 10,000 m thanks to eye-safe laser range finder.
  • Uniform control and display concept for FLW 100 and FLW 200 allows the user to quickly change between FLW systems.
  • System development and qualification based on the strictest requirements according to German and international quality and safety standards.

    The FLW 100 enables surveillance and self-defence with vehicle protection by day and by night.

    Armament systems from KMW – a success story with over 50 years of competence and experience

    For over 50 years, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann has developed and produced efficient armament systems which enable vehicle crews to react appropriately to virtually any threat situation. Thousands of these modular systems are in use in a wide range of different wheeled and tracked vehicles worldwide. The integration of KMW armament systems means added safety for troops and vehicles and a significant improvement in freedom to act, especially in current mission scenarios.

    In order to provide for the increased protection requirements, the German Bundeswehr equips all new armoured command and utility vehicles (GFF) with FLW 100 and 200 light or heavy weapon stations for self-protection. KMW succeeded in convincing the Bundeswehr of the superiority of the two modular weapon stations over products from its international competitors in a comparative trial.

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