The US Army has awarded a $162.2m contract to Kongsberg Defense to supply 3,849 common remotely operated weapon stations (CROWS).

The weapons control system is also know as a remote weapon station (RWS) and is specifically designed to protect armoured military vehicles and crew from enemy fire.

The system enables the crew to remain inside the vehicle and effectively operate the weapon and sensor systems while well protected. The platform also integrates light and medium-calibre guns as well as missile and grenade launchers.

The total estimated amount of the additional CROWS to be supplied to the army is $820m.

Work will be carried out in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and is expected to be complete by 1 August 2012.

The contract has been awarded by the US Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey.