Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace has secured an extended contract worth over $1.498bn to supply Common Remotely Operated Weapon Stations (CROWS) to the US Army.

The five-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) agreement seeks to safeguard soldiers within combat vehicles, facilities, and vessels.

Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace president Eirik Lie said: “Kongsberg is proud to be selected as the supplier in this competitive award for the next five-year CROWS contract.

“We are extending our collaboration with [the] US Army as we have since 2007, enabling Kongsberg, together with the customer, to provide the soldiers with the best remotely controlled weapon solution.”

Part of the Kongsberg Protector family of remote weapon stations, CROWS ensures commonality among Nato and allied forces.

So far, the company has delivered nearly 23,000 systems across the globe.

From the M151 to the system’s M153 variant, over 18,000 remote weapon stations are currently being deployed to serve the US armed services and several agencies.

Kongsberg noted that it will continue to maintain and support CROWS’ variants and work on developing new systems to meet evolving requirements of soldiers.

Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace Land Systems Division executive vice-president Eirik Tord Jensen said: “With this award, Kongsberg and the US Government will be able to fully realise the investments made in the Tech Refresh systems and bring those capabilities to new and existing customers both in the US and abroad.

“CROWS Tech Refresh is the ‘next generation’ of remote weapon stations. The Tech Refresh systems are designed to provide greater stand-off, increased precision, and networking capabilities, as well as vastly improved situational awareness in addition to being backwards compatible.”

In 2019, Kongsberg was awarded a $48m contract under the US Army’s CROWS programme.