|The LMT Meerkat weapon station retraction system is seen with the weapon elevated (left) and retracted under the armoured clamshell cover (right). Source: Land Mobility Systems|
By: Wording OD
Land Mobility Technologies (LMT), a subsidiary of Denel Land Systems, has developed a system that retracts a weapon station so it sits partially inside the vehicle, with the rest of it concealed under an armoured clamshell cover on the vehicle's roof. The Meerkat uses an all-electric mechanism to raise and lower the Denel Mechatronics SD-ROW weapon station, which can be armed with a machine gun of up to 7.62 mm calibre or Denel's new 20 mm iNkunzi Strike automatic support weapon. Smoke grenade launchers can be fitted to the clamshell cover, which splits in two to slide to either side when the weapon station is elevated.