Hm came accross this forum just generally browsing through google on some related stuff and this came up, cant add much to most of your discussions but I can certainly shed some light on this. The LS30R died literally dead no more it never went past the prototype. However no before it spawned a son the LS30B this then changed its name by deed poll to the DS30B just prior to entering service with the RN. Mainly down to a company name change as laurence Scott Defence systems is now MSI-Defence Systems ltd www.msi-dsl.com.RP1 said:I'm not sure if it was here or on another forum, but I remember a discussion of a Rarden based remote control mounting proposed for the RN. Thanks to an old issue of the gleefully entitled "War Machine" (The 1980's, eh?) I have a few details.
• Laurence Scott Defence Systems mounting
• RARDE 30mm Rarden automatic cannon
• Power driven and LOS stabilised
• Tests carried out by RN at sea on trials FF HMS Londonderry and on land at the Fraser Gunnery Range
• Hit a 2m2 target 80% of the time at ranges between 1000-1300m
• HE, APSE and APDS rounds
• LS30R was to replace 20mm and 40mm weapons, initially starting on OPVs
• Basic mounting can be used with 30mm Oerlikon KCB and Mauser Model F (LS30B and LS30F)
• -20 to +70 degrees elevation
• 6-22 rounds on-mount
This was the weapon DJ Brown used on a lot of his independent concept designs.
The DS30B has been around for 20 years now inservice with several navies. It now has a replacement the SEAHAWK linkage here
The new Seahawk system has already undergone succesful trials onboard RN vessels as the ASCG, HMS Somerset has mentioned the trials in his Blog about halfway down.. He calls it the bushmaster.