Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has been awarded several contracts for the US Army’s M153 Protector common remotely operated weapon stations (CROWS).

The total value of the contracts awarded to the company in December amounts to Nkr805m ($93.36m).

The company said that contracts are in agreement with the CROWS indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) frame contract with the US Army.

On 14 September, the US Department of Defense awarded a $498.29m firm-fixed-price contract to Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace.

Under the contract, the company will use the funds for continued production, sustainment and engineering services for the M153 CROWS.

“CROWS is designed to offer improved protection capabilities, training and development support for the US Army’s vehicle programmes.”

It also includes a Nkr620m ($61.9m) for the Low Profile CROWS configuration, spare parts, and repair and reset of already delivered equipment.

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Expected to be completed by 13 September 2022, work under the contract will be carried out at locations that will be decided with each order.

The US Army Contracting Command, New Jersey, is serving as the contracting activity.

A joint acquisition programme for remote weapon stations, CROWS is designed to offer improved protection capabilities, training and development support for the US Army’s vehicle programmes.

M153 CROWS can be mounted on a wide range of vehicles and provides troops with target acquisition and engagement capabilities from safer distances.

Kongsberg has sold nearly 20,000 M153 CROWS units so far. The weapon is being used more than 16 nations, including Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, and the UK.