The US Army has awarded Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace a US$117m contract for the delivery of additional Protector Remote Weapon Stations (RWS).

The order is part of the US$1.4bn Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS II) framework agreement signed in August 2007.

CROWS is a joint acquisition programme for weapon stations for the army’s vehicle programmes.

The Protector RWS, in the CROWS II configuration, enhances troop protection and lethality by providing soldiers with the ability to acquire and engage targets while inside the safety of a vehicle.

The deliveries will begin in the third quarter of FY09.

By staff writer