The US Army has awarded an extension to its Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS) indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) framework contract to Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace.

Valued at around $500m, the extension is dependent on ‘future demand and annual allocations’.

The original CROWS IDIQ agreement was signed between the US Army and Kongsberg in September 2018.

Kongsberg will continue to focus on the development of new and advanced versions of remote weapon station systems.

It will also carry out serial deliveries to the US Army, the US Navy, the US Marine Corps (USMC), and the US Air Force (USAF).

Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace executive vice-president Pål Bratlie said: “CROWS has become an essential capability for military platforms and soldier safety within the United States Armed Forces.

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“This contract extension enables us to continue delivering systems that are advancing operational capabilities and effectiveness together with the team at Picatinny Arsenal.”

So far, Kongsberg has delivered more than 20,000 systems to 26 countries worldwide.

With 14 years of CROWS expertise, Kongsberg will continue to support the US Army with new systems, capabilities and features.

Last October, the company achieved a rare milestone by delivering its 20,000th Protector remote weapon station (RWS) to the US Army.

The company produces all CROWS and RWS systems at its Johnstown facility.

Kongsberg noted that the contract extension creates more than 3,000 employment opportunities, both directly and through the Kongsberg US supply chain.

In December, Kongsberg signed an Nkr1.03bn ($118m) contract to deliver Protector RS4 RWS for the British Army Mechanized Infantry Vehicle programme.