Samson Mk II

Manufacturer: RAFAEL Armament Development Authority Ltd.  
Product type: Turrets  
Name: Remote controlled weapon station  

  • Based on Rafael’s Samson Mk I - the operationally deployed 30mm RWS

  • High survivability - low silhouette – with under-armor reloading

  • High hit and kill probability

  • More cost-effective than manned turret

  • Day/night operation and endurance under extreme conditions

  • Full day/night “hunter-killer” capabilities

  • Compatibility with any 6x6 or 8x8 AFV

Enhanced Lethality with High Survivability - Samson Mk II Sets the RWS Standard

Like its predecessor, 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, optional armor protection, and improved hit accuracy, boosted crew survivability with under-armor reloading, increased rigidity and higher gun elevation capabilities - all which enable improved combat continuity.

Supports Mission Diversity

The Samson Mk II enables forces to effectively close the fire loop with varying degrees of firepower, from 7.62mm on the coaxial machine gun, through 23mm to 40mm main gun (western and eastern versions) and up to ATGM (Anti-Tank Guided Missile) engagement ranges. This gives forces mission flexibility in both urban and open country scenarios, with maximum survivability for the vehicle and crew.


  • Very low silhouette

  • High accuracy owing to increased RWS rigidity

  • Under-armor (patented feature) ammunition reloading system

  • Gun elevation to +70°

  • Enables hatch-out operation commander situational awareness

  • Safe movement and firing provisions (ACS/FIS)

  • Interfaces with any C2 and C4I system

Survivability by Design

The Samson Mk II RWS boosts crew survivability by eliminating deck penetration. Additional crew protection is provided by a dedicated (Rafael patent-pending) in-hull reloading system. And for the vehicle itself, Samson Mk II RWS’s low-silhouette geometry enables the host platform’s surfaces to easily accommodate protective armor ranging from STANAG Level 1 to 4.

Main Armament

  • M242 25mm gun

  • Mk44 30mm gun

  • 2A42 30mm gun

Secondary Armament

  • 7.62mm Machine Gun

  • 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL) (optional)

Effectors (optional)

  • Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) launcher

  • Smoke Grenade Launcher (SGL)

Property Value
Weight (kg)
Main weapon caliber (mm)
Auxiliary gun calibre (mm)
Grenade launcher calibre (mm)
Ammunition of the main gun
Ammunition of the grenade launcher
Ammunition of the auxiliary gun
Number of rocket lunchers
Traverse arc (degree)
Elevation (degree)
Depression (degree)

Included in:
Product Amount
BMP-M2 Samson Mk II (Modernization of the vehicle)

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