Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has been awarded a contract under the US Army’s Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS) programme.

The contract is valued at $48m and is for new remote weapon stations (RWS).

Kongsberg has revealed the total income from the orders under the CROWS programme in the third quarter has reached to $89m.

All of these orders are awarded under the CROWS indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) framework agreement signed between the US Army and Kongsberg.

The framework contract has the potential to facilitate orders worth $498m.

The company has secured contracts worth $340m, which accounts for around 68% of the total framework agreement.

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Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace president Eirik Lie said: “These orders show the importance of the framework agreement and our position as a supplier of remote weapon stations to the USA.”

CROWS is a stabilised mount that ensures the protection of soldiers by allowing them to remotely engage targets with precision fire while on the move or stationary.

The mount is equipped with a sensor suite and fire control software to enable the warfighter to perform on-the-move target acquisition and first-burst target engagement.

The system also contains programmable target reference points, automatic target ballistic lead, and automatic target tracking.

CROWS is interoperable with the MK19, M2, M240B, M249 and Javelin systems. M153 CROWS is designed to be mounted on a range of vehicles.

In January this year, Kongsberg won contracts worth $93.36m for continued production, sustainment and engineering services for the M153 CROWS.