Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has secured a contract to deliver Protector Remote Weapon Stations (RWS) to the Canadian Army.

The contract, awarded General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada, is Kongsberg’s fourth Protector RWS contract for Canada and follows previous agreements signed in 2005, 2012 and 2014.

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace executive vice-president Pål E Bratlie said: “We are very pleased to be chosen again as the supplier of Remote Weapon Stations to the Canadian Army.

“This confirms the strong position of Kongsberg’s Protector RWS, and continues the close relationship between Kongsberg and the Canadian Army and General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada.”

Capable of operating on land and sea, the stations are designed to be equipped with small and medium calibre weapons such as coaxial weapons and anti-tank guided missile.

It features an advanced and modular sensor suite to customise situational awareness and fully stabilised 2 + 2 Axis (DLOS) system to enable better aim at targets.

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According to its website, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has delivered around 20,000 Protector RWS units to several armed forces around the world.

As agreed, the company will deliver the latest generation Protector RWS to the Canadian Army. The system will enable wireless control, multi-sensor fusion and help in combatting unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

Once delivered, the system will be integrated with Canada’s fleet of Armored Combat Support Vehicles.

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace president Eirik Lie said: “In the midst of the most uncertain and difficult economic times in our lifetime, we are very pleased to win this order in spite of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Our business base is long-term and solid, with an order backlog that provides a strong foundation for continued operations into the future.”

Last month, Kongsberg announced that it will deliver Protector RWS to the Lithuanian Armed Forces.