Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (Kongsberg) has signed an Nkr1.03bn ($118m) contract to deliver Protector RS4 Remote Weapon Stations (RWS) for the British Army Mechanized Infantry Vehicle (MIV) programme.
Awarded by Thales UK, the contract involves delivering Protector RWS for the British Army’s new fleet of Boxer 8×8 vehicles.
Kongsberg has been delivering these remote weapon stations to the UK since 2008.
The MIV represents the seventh delivery contract, which also includes two upgrades for the British Armed Forces.
Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace Land Systems executive vice-president Pål E. Bratlie said: “We are very pleased that the British Army continues to rely on Kongsberg as the supplier of remote weapon stations.
“This confirms the strong position of Kongsberg’s Protector RS4 RWS, and continues the close relationship between Kongsberg, the British Armed Forces and Thales UK.”
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The Norwegian firm has been delivering remote weapon systems for more than two decades.
Earlier this year, the company achieved a rare milestone by delivering its 20,000th Protector RWS to the US Army. The 20,000th delivery was a Protector Low Profile, which will be installed on the US Army’s M1V3 Abrams Main Battle Tank (MBT).
The Protector family of products include a wide variety of systems ranging from small and light systems to medium-calibre remote turrets (RT series).
The systems support dual-user operations, counter unmanned aerial system (UAS) operations, multi-sensor fusion, manned-unmanned teaming solutions, as well as a qualified safe operation via radio for use on unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) among others.