Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS announced recently that it has delivered its 20,000th remote weapon station (RWS).
CAPTION: US Army Abrams tank fitted with Kongsberg low-profile RWS. Image supplied by Kongsberg.
Kongsberg RWS have been in use from 1999 by The Norwegian Armed Forces, and have developed into a family of versatile systems with capability to integrate weapons from 5.56 mm rifles to 30 mm cannons, anti-tank and air defence missiles, mission-oriented sensor packages and flexible control solutions.
The PROTECTOR RWS has been sold to 23 nations including Norway, United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
More than 17,000 stations have been delivered to the United States alone, where unit number 20,000 was a PROTECTOR Low Profile for the U.S. Army M1V3 Abrams main battle tank.
With highly skilled and determined production teams in Kongsberg, Norway and in Johnstown, PA, in the USA, and an experienced, innovative team of more than 200 engineers dedicated to the development of the RWS, the PROTECTOR RWS has continuously evolved over time through collaboration with customers and users worldwide.
Kongsberg says it is currently in production of the most advanced, flexible and technologically mature family of RWS available for the U.S. and world market.
Executive Vice President Land Systems, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS Pål Bratlie said Kongsberg was proud to be the world’s leader in remote weapon station technology and related technology integration, such as battlefield management and control of unmanned platforms.
“Our product’s maturity is far beyond just being a concept – the PROTECTOR has millions of hours of operational experience with militaries around the world,” Mr Bratlie said.
“Kongsberg is leading the development of wireless and remotely controlled weapon systems, integrated on manned and unmanned vehicles, enabling capabilities that will secure our soldiers mission and safety to an even greater extent.
“PROTECTOR RWS is one of our biggest export successes, designed for growth and evolving technologies.
“Implementation of counter-UAS capabilities and wireless, network-based fire control are proof that we can move forward in lock step with our customers when their needs change.”