BAE/Bofors LEMUR, a Remote Control Weapon Station/Electro-Optic Sensor for Patrol Boats

This is a Remote Control Weapon Station comparable to the Mk38 mod2 used on the Webber Class WPCs. There are many such systems, but I am highlighting it because it is already in use on a boat much smaller than the Webber class. The Combat Boat 90 (time 7:10 in the video above) is only 53 feet (16.1 meters) long and 22.6 tons full load. That is about one quarter the displacement of the 87 foot Marine Protector class, less than one fifteenth the size of a Webber class. It actually displaces a little less than the 45 foot Response Boat, Medium (RB-M). I particularly like that this system has been mated with the 30mm M230 chain gun from the Apache Helicopter that is capable of penetrating light armor (see below). That could give us serious penetrating power.

Like most of these systems, they incorporate electro-optic devices which can be used for SAR, target identification, or to enhance navigation.

Thanks to Lee for bringing this to my attention. 

4 thoughts on “BAE/Bofors LEMUR, a Remote Control Weapon Station/Electro-Optic Sensor for Patrol Boats

  1. On what platform would you see this being used Chuck? I agree the compactness of the weapon seems a step forward but is it enough of a step for the Navy to move away from the Mk38?

    • All our patrol vessels down to and including the WPBs need the ability to forcibly stop the entire range of vessels from small fast highly maneuverable to ocean going medium and large ships.

      This would not be a complete answer. My preference is still small guided weapons for taking on the small fast threats and torpedoes for stopping the larger vessels, but it would be an improvement over crew served .50 cal.

      Actually I have no reason to believe a Mk38 mod2 would not fit on a WPB, but I wanted to show that there are options even for much smaller craft.

      I sort of cringe every time I see a photo of a small boat like an RB-S with a machinegun in the bow. The potential for collateral damage is scary. A RWS would make it much more accurate and controlable.

      • As a small boat coxswain in LA/LB Harbors, one of my greatest fears was that we would have to use the M-60/M-240B! The potential for downrange collateral damage was terrifying!

  2. The important part of this is its a weapons mount with most of the needed sensors that can handle all the way up to Mk19 AGL. The combination makes it very good. The fact that its inservice makes it better than some varpor ware in R&D in the US

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