Posted by Courtney E. Howard
WASHINGTON, 16 April 2010. Kongsberg has booked an order with the United States Army valued at $100 million for additional Protector Remote Weapon Stations within the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS II) framework agreement. This agreement, originally signed in August 2007, was increased from 6,500 to 10,349 systems.
The U.S. Army's CROWS II, a Kongsberg design based on the Protector family of Remote Weapon Stations (RWS), is intended to enhance troop safety by enabling the operator to remotely control the system from inside the protection of an armored vehicle.
Designed to mount on an array of vehicle platforms and support numerous weapon systems, the Protector RWS boasts more than 20 million hours of operation, a proven Operational Readiness Rate (ORR) of more than 99 percent, and is supplied to 17 nations around the world.
The contract with the U.S. Army was announced to the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE) on 12 April, 2010.
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