Kongsberg receives $336.5 Mill contract from U.S. Army for CROWS
Last week, Kongsberg received a contract valued at $336.5 million from the United States Army for the delivery of additional Protector Remote Weapon Stations (RWS) to be used in the M1A2 Abrams Modernization Program and on Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. This order is part of the $1.4 billion Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS II) framework agreement signed in August 2007.
“The Kongsberg CROWS II has been in use on multiple wheeled vehicles in theater, but this marks the first time that our RWS has been integrated onto a tracked combat vehicle,” said Knut Saeter, Vice President of Kongsberg Protech Systems in Alexandria, VA. “This contract demonstrates the flexibility of Kongsberg’s RWS to be employed on an even wider range of vehicles.”
The Protector RWS, a part of the Kongsberg family of Remote Weapon Stations, is designed to increase troop safety and precision by enabling the operator to acquire and engage targets while inside the protection of a vehicle. Intended to mount on a variety of vehicle platforms and support numerous weapon systems, the Protector RWS has over 20 million hours of operation and more than 8 million hours of combat operation since 2001. With headquarters in Norway and production facilities in Johnstown, PA, Kongsberg Protech Systems is the world’s leading supplier of remote weapon stations.
Kongsberg Protech Systems is a business area within Kongsberg. Kongsberg is an international, knowledge-based group that supplies high-technology systems and solutions to customers engaged in the oil and gas industry, the merchant marine, and the defense and aerospace industries.
In 2008, Kongsberg had a turnover of NOK 11 billion (approx. US $1.8 billion), and the Group had 5,359 employees in more than 25 countries as of 30 June 2009. Kongsberg is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.
This contract was announced to the Oslo Stock Exchange on 24 September, 2009.
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