Kongsberg has been awarded a contract for the supply of Protector remote weapon stations (RWS) for the UK Army’s Scout Specialist Vehicle (SV) programme.
Awarded by General Dynamics (GD) UK, the £61m agreement requires the company to manufacture and deliver Protector Stations for integration into advanced electronic architecture inside all Scout SV variants.
In September, GD received a £3.5bn contract to supply 589 SVs in six variants for the armoured cavalry within the Army 2020 structure.
The Protector systems are likely to replace the primary sight on the Scout reconnaissance variant.
Kongsberg Protech Systems president Espen Henriksen said: "It is fantastic to see the efforts and teamwork that developed between Kongsberg and the General Dynamics UK team during the initial phase of the programme moving forward into the serial production phase.
"We have delivered systems to the British forces for several years and we are very proud to be able to continue doing so as part of such an important programme in the UK."
Manufactured by Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace, the Protector is a line-of-combat proven system designed to enhance military troop protection and combat capabilities by enabling target acquisition and engagement from safer distances in the battlefield.
It can be installed on any type of platform and safeguards soldiers by allowing a vehicle’s weapons to be operated from a protected position inside the vehicle.
The Scout SV variants supplied to the UK Army include scout reconnaissance, equipment support repair, equipment and support recovery, command and control, protected mobility reconnaissance support and engineer reconnaissance.
Designed to replace the army’s existing combat reconnaissance tracked vehicle fleet, they will enhance intelligence, surveillance, protection, target acquisition and reconnaissance capabilities, and provide a highly effective 40mm cannon for future combat operations.
Protector systems will be manufactured in Kongsberg, Norway, and deliveries are scheduled to begin in the autumn of 2016.
Image: Protector Stations will be integrated into advanced electronic architecture inside all Scout SV platform variants. Photo: © 2013 KONGSBERG.