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Rafael Overhead Weapon Station

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Overhead Weapons Station (OWS)
TypeRemote Weapon System
Place of originIsrael
Service history
Used byIsrael Defense Forces
Production history
DesignerRafael Advanced Defense Systems
ManufacturerRafael Advanced Defense Systems
VariantsOWS-25, OWS-25R
Mass200kg (7.62mm model)
140kg (12.7mm model)

Caliber7.62mm, 12.7mm, 25mm
Elevation-20 to 60

The Rafael Overhead Weapon Station is a remote weapon station developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems in cooperation with the Israel Defense Forces. It has been superseded by the Rafael Samson Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS).[1] However, the larger Rafael OWS-25 and OWS-25R models are still in production.


The OWS is used on:[2]


OWS-25 - Carries 25mm auto cannon, 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun and smoke grenade launchers.[3]

OWS-25R - Carries 25mm auto cannon, 2 anti-tank missiles and 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun.[4] The Rafael OWS-25R adds 1,000 kilograms (2,200 lb) to a vehicle's weight.[5]


  1. ^ Samson Jr. RCWS Joins RAFAEL Family.
  2. ^ OWS - 7.62mm 12.7mm. Archived 2007-05-05 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ OWS 25.
  4. ^ OWS 25R.
  5. ^ David R. Gillingham, Prashant R. Patel. "Method of Estimating the Principal Characteristics of an Infantry Fighting Vehicle from Basic Performance Requirements" (PDF). INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES. p. 35. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2019-04-29. Retrieved 2019-04-28.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)

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