Featuring 360° armour protection, the medium-calibre LANCE modular turret system is based on a new concept and can be deployed in a wide variety of combat and security roles. Its systematic modularity enables maximum variability, combining excellent survivability with a ready upgrade capability. Innovative optronic modules assure high-precision fire control. Depending on customer requirements, and thanks to a multitude of different modules, LANCE is available either in a two-man turret configuration or as a remote control turret system.
LANCE turret system – first unveiled at the last Eurosatory fair – features a highly modular design, ensuring maximum flexibility and future growth potential. The degree of protection (comprehensive protection in accordance with STANAG 4569 is standard) and the number of crew (two-man or unmanned with fully remote control) is entirely up to the customer. The company's electro-optical SEOSS Sector and SEOSS Panoramic sights provide both commander and gunner with a 360° view.
Its main armament is normally a Rheinmetall MK30-2/ABM 30mm automatic cannon, though similar weapons of this type may also be used. Up to 200 rounds of two different types of ammunition can be loaded without leaving the safety of the fighting compartment. A 7.62 x 51mm or .50 cal. machinegun serves as secondary armament. The LANCE turret system also comes with a 66mm or 76mm smoke/obscurant grenade launcher. Potential add-ons include a laser warning system, identification friend or foe technology, an integrated C4I system, an SAS close-range reconnaissance system or an antitank guided missile system. Its open architecture is another important advantage, ensuring future growth potential and the option of subsequent retrofitting with updated technology. All of this ultimately translates into lower lifecycle costs.
In 2009 Spain's Infanteria de Marina opted to purchase the LANCE turret system.
Within the procurement programme of the British Armed Forces for the FRES SV, General Dynamics currently offered their new ASCOD 2 and was announced as the preferred bidder. With regard to the new turret system integrated on ASCOD 2, Rheinmetall and Lockheed Martin are cooperating closely to design a turret system based on the modular architecture of Rheinmetall's LANCE turret system.
Lance was build to keep the enemy at distance. It enables the crew to fulfil reconnaissance as well as combat missions especially when a significant safety clearance, penetrating power and precision is required.