Kongsberg wins two contracts worth $266 million for CROWS II from U.S. Army
12:00 AM, April 29, 2010
Kongsberg booked an order with the U.S. Army valued at $209 million for additional PROTECTOR Remote Weapon Stations. This week, another order valued at $57 million was secured. Both orders are part of the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS II) framework agreement for up to 10,349 systems, originally signed in August 2007 and increased in December 2009. “The U.S. Army has seen the advantages of having equipment that increases the protection and efficiency of their soldiers,” says Knut Saeter, Executive Vice President of Kongsberg Protech Systems in Alexandria, VA. “The continued partnership with Kongsberg is proof of their confidence in the product and its purpose. The U.S. Army’s CROWS II, a Kongsberg design based on the PROTECTOR family of Remote Weapon Stations (RWS), is intended to enhance troop safety by enabling the operator to remotely control the system from inside the protection of an armored vehicle. Designed to mount on an array of vehicle platforms and support numerous weapon systems, the PROTECTOR RWS has over 20 million hours of operation, a proven and unprecedented Operational Readiness Rate (ORR) of over 99%, and is currently supplied to 17 nations around the world. With headquarters in Norway and production facilities in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA, Kongsberg Protech Systems maintains its position as the world’s leading provider of remote weapon stations.