The US Army has awarded a $336.5m contract to Kongsberg Defense Corporation for the delivery of remotely operable weapon stations that will allow soldiers to fire at targets from the safety of a vehicle .

Under the contract, the company will produce and deliver the common remotely operated weapon station (CROWS II), which allows gunners to acquire and engage targets while inside an armoured vehicle.

Kongsberg Protech Systems vice president Knut Saeter said the additional stations delivered will be used on wheeled vehicles as well as on tanks.

“It is the first time that the stations will be mounted on a tracked combat vehicle,” he said.

The CROWS II is designed to be mounted on a variety of vehicles and supports the mk19 grenade machine gun, .50-calibre M2 machine gun, M240B machine gun and M249 squad automatic weapon.

The recent contract is part of a $1.4bn agreement, signed by Kongsberg in 2007, for remotely operated weapons stations.

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