This RAFAUT developed stand has three main parts. One is installed on helicopter window entablature and an other one is fastened on aircraft floor. The third one, which is mobile, is equipped with the gun and its ammunitions magazine. Three main positions can be used :

  • Folded set (rest position) inside the helicopter cabin for transit phases
  • Set in operational position. The gun can be in any position between two extreme ones enabled by an ergonomic latch – horizontal position or down position (roughly -25°).

The fixed system is designed to limit elevation angle depending on azimuth in order to forbid any firing towards an aircraft part. Mobile arm is fitted with absorbers in order to limit shocks during transition phases (from rest position to operational position and vice versa).

This machine gun stand weighs 14kg totally. An option to add a recoil absorber has been assessed and is available.