DSEI 2023: Pearson Engineering to manufacture Rafael Samson 30mm RWS for UK programmes


Israeli company Rafael announces that Pearson Engineering will play a significant role in delivering the Samson 30mm Remote Weapon Station (RWS). Initially aimed at UK opportunities, the collaboration launched at DSEI 2023 will see critical knowledge and skills transferred to the Newcastle-based team. This strategic development supports current thinking around Boxer’s role on the battlefield as the foundation of a dispersed medium force.
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Rafael announces that Pearson Engineering will play a significant role in delivering the Samson 30mm Remote Weapon Station (Picture source: Pearson Engineering)


The Samson 30mm RWS is an advanced remote-controlled weapon station that incorporates a suite of sophisticated combat capabilities, including Spike anti-tank guided missile which is in use with 20 NATO members and throughout Europe. The set-up also includes a partnership with Eurotrophy to offer Trophy as a proven active protection system (APS) for Boxer.

The news follows Pearson Engineering’s recently announced contract from KNDS to supply mission module fabrications for the British Army’s Boxer armored vehicles. This contract award firmly cements Pearson Engineering’s position within the UK Boxer Team. It also builds upon Pearson Engineering’s rapidly growing expertise across UK land manufacturing programmes, which includes the delivery of Challenger 3 turret structures and armour packs for Ajax.

Ran Gozali, Executive Vice President at Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, said: “Pearson Engineering has achieved a reputation as a leading defence manufacturer and comes with a rich heritage, and expertise in providing the UK MoD with effective defence solutions and capabilities. Through Pearson Engineering, Rafael's sophisticated technologies will be readily available for the UK MoD. Rafael is proud to be providing the know-how and unique systems in its portfolio to recently acquired Pearson Engineering. Through the Samson 30mm RWS and the unique suite of capabilities that Pearson Engineering is offering the UK MoD, we are confident that together we will be able to strengthen our support for our British partners."

Craig Priday, Managing Director at Pearson Engineering, said: “Pearson Engineering is a proud and longstanding provider of products and manufacturing services to the UK MoD, with expertise developed through our work with users all around the world. This strategic initiative with RAFAEL will see a step change in our potential to contribute to British Army programmes, enhancing skills, jobs, and capabilities at Armstrong Works, and providing valuable new opportunities for export.”


Defense News September 2023