The Remote Guardian™ system (RGS) is a turreted, remotely-operated weapon system that BAE Systems developed to meet the all-quadrant defensive needs of the V-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft. Designed specifically for the V-22 via internal investment, and demonstrated independently on a moving land vehicle, the RGS is the first remote weapon system capable of delivering accurate, sustained fire throughout the V-22’s entire flight envelope.
Because it receives input from the aircraft’s vehicle management system, it can maximize the potential fields of fire during all stages of flight, regardless of aircraft configuration. The system’s use of a continuously computed impact point means the gunner simply points and shoots, while the weapon control computer adjusts the weapon to compensate for wind and vehicle motion. It is limited only by the maximum effective range of the installed weapon.
The simple, intuitive design of the gunner’s station was created with input from crew chiefs, flight engineers, and aviators having combat gunnery experience. The system’s modular design provides greater weapon and sensor flexibility, reduces integration risk, and simplifies its supportability.
As a mission kit, the RGS is completely compatible with the V-22’s avionics suite, minimizing integration costs. It provides the flexibility that mission commanders need, without altering troop-carrying capacity. In addition, a fully-operational RGS will have no cabin intrusion, no drag when stowed, and no negative change to aircraft center of gravity.