Australian vehicle manufacturer Supacat has awarded a contract to Kongsberg for the delivery of M151 Protector remote weapon systems (RWS).
Under the terms of Nkr40m ($5.2m) contract, the company will manufacture and deliver an undisclosed number of Protector dual RWS systems to the Commonwealth of Australia (CoA).
Claimed to be first contract between Supacat and Kongsberg, the deal will see the first integration of Protector RWS in an open vehicle.
Both companies aim to further develop their cooperation into this segment of vehicles.
Manufactured by Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace, the Protector is a combat-proven system designed to enhance military troop protection and combat capabilities by enabling target acquisition and engagement from safer distances in the battlefield.
Currently offered in six different variants, including M151, M153, Sea, Lite, Super Lite, and Medium Caliber RWS, the Protector line-up allows operation from within the vehicle to improve the gunner's safety.
The remotely-controlled system has worldwide army deployments, including Switzerland, Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Ireland, Kuwait, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, as well as the US, and the UK.
According to the company, Australia was one of the first export countries to acquire the system in 2004.
Production work under the contract will begin immediately at the company's facility in Norway, while deliveries are expected to commence by this year end.
Image: Protector remote weapon systems will be integrated in an open vehicle for the first time. Photo: Copyright 2015 Kongsberg Gruppen.