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Middle East countries to purchase Arbalet-DM Remote Controlled Weapon Station from Russia
Russia is currently at the stage of pre-contract talks with some Middle East countries to sell the Arbalet-DM remote-controlled combat module, CEO of Russia’s Weapons Shops Company Dmitry Galkin told TASS.
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Tigr-M with remote weapon station Arbalet-DM (Photo V. Kuzmin)
The Weapons Shops Company is the producer of the Arbalet-DM combat module. The Tigr-M armored vehicle equipped with the Arbalet-DM combat module was made operational with the Russian Armed Forces in late January.

"We are cooperating with Russia’s Rosoboronexport [arms exporter] and we know that its specialists are actively promoting our product and are at the stage of pre-contract talks both with traditional customers of Russian-made military hardware from Latin America and the Asia-Pacific Region and a number of Middle East countries that preferred Western weapons earlier," Galkin said.

The Tigr-M armored vehicle with the Arbalet-DM combat module was unveiled at the Victory Day Parade in Moscow on May 9, 2016.

The combat module can be mounted on wheeled and tracked armored vehicles, surface ships and stationary security posts.

The combat module has the KORD 12.7mm machinegun with the 150-round ammunition load or the PKTM 7.62mm machinegun with 250 rounds of ammunition.

The module locks on and tracks targets at the halt and on the move and its TV and thermal-imaging cameras identify targets at a distance of 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) and 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles), respectively.
The combat module’s sight has a laser target range finder.