Kongsberg cash in on remote weapons
Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace (KDA) recently secured a five-year framework agreement from the US Army, valued at approximately $1.3bn.
KDA, a subsidiary of Kongsberg Gruppen, will deliver 6,500 Protector remote weapons stations (RWS) for the CROWS (Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station) programme.
The total agreement will depend on future demand and annual allocations, but the company has already received it’s first order for weapon stations, spare parts and support, valued at approximately $290m.
‘Kongsberg is currently a world leader in the production and delivery of weapon stations,’ said KDA executive vice president Egil Haugsdal. ‘Thus far, the group has delivered more than 2,000 systems to military customers in seven countries. The CROWS contract represents an important, challenging task for KDA. It ensures the group’s position as by far the leading contractor in remotely controlled weapon systems for armoured personnel carriers.’
Built to meet mission-specific requirements for the CROWS program, the Protector RWS increases troop safety by enabling operation of a vehicle’s weapons from inside the vehicle.