Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace has signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with Thales UK to collaborate on the Protector Remote Weapon Systems (RWS) programme.

Through this joint initiative, the two companies aim to work in close cooperation to promote the Protector RWS to a larger number of military platforms in the UK Armed Forces, as well as in other countries’ forces.

Kongsberg Land Systems executive vice-president Eirik Tord Jensen said: “Protector programmes, projects, and capability areas Kongsberg and Thales UK aspire to collaborate in have steadily grown since we signed the last agreement in 2017.

“Both companies have expressed a high level of ambition to expand our relationship over the coming five years.”

The new MoA builds on the existing partnership between the two companies.

The first teaming agreement between Kongsberg and Thales UK was signed in 2007 and, over the years, the companies have partnered to promote the Protector programme.

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Approximately 1,000 RWS systems have recently been selected for service within the UK Armed Forces.

Thales UK OME managing director Stephen McCann said: “I am delighted to be re-signing this MoA that consolidates our existing partnership over 20 years.

“A partnership that has secured a major role within the UK Army’s Boxer Strategic Pipeline and has grown from strength to strength.

“I look forward to extending the reach and scope of a partnership in the UK and throughout Europe, and supporting Kongsberg in the US.”

The Protector RWS programme was initially selected by the UK Ministry of Defence through a competitive process, based on the systems’ performance, modularity/flexibility, and firing accuracy.

Kongsberg recently signed a contract to deliver the Protector RS4 RWS for the British Army mechanised infantry vehicle programme.