In this day and age where there is a remote solution for almost everything, it comes as no surprise to find a remotely operated solution to an area as important as machine guns in the military. The Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS) Machine Gun System is a gunner-operated system that provides the capability to remotely aim and fire almost any machine gun from a stationary platform or while on-the-move, including the Mk 19 grenade launcher, M2 .50 Caliber Machine Gun, M240B Machine Gun, and M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW).
This is significant because it enables the fighting crew to operate from inside armored combat vehicles, while still maintaining the ability to acquire and engage targets. CROWS camera systems can identify targets out to 1,500 meters away, and the mount’s absorption of about 85% of weapon recoil delivers an estimated 95% accuracy rate, as well as the ability to track targets moving 25 mph. This video renders footage of an M240 7.62mm machine gun, M2 .50-caliber machine gun, and Mk19 40mm grenade launcher remotely fired through the M153 CROWS II (Common Remote Operated Weapons Station) during training. It’s a must see.