Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has signed a contract with Thales UK to delivery its PROTECTOR RS4 remote weapon stations (RWS) for the British Army Mechanised Infantry Vehicle program.
FILE PHOTO: A British Boxer MIV. Image supplied.
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KONGSBERG has provided the UK with PROTECTOR RWS’s since 2008, and MIV is the seventh delivery contract including two upgrades for the British Armed Forces.
The British Army announced two years ago that it would make an initial purchase of more than 500 Boxers, and planned to have its first strike brigades operationally ready by 2025.
PROTECTOR RS4 RWS will be integrated on the British Army`s new fleet of Boxer 8×8 vehicles in close cooperation with Thales UK, Rheinmetall and KMW.
Executive Vice President Land Systems at Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace Pål E. Bratlie said the company was very pleased that the British Army continued to rely on KONGSBERG as the supplier of remote weapon stations.
“This confirms the strong position of KONGSBERG’s PROTECTOR RS4 RWS, and continues the close relationship between KONGSBERG, the British Armed Forces and Thales UK,” he said.
KONGSBERG has sold more than 20,000 PROTECTOR RS family remote weapon stations to 23 countries over the past 20 years.
PROTECTOR has millions of hours of operational use and is continuously evolved to meet increasingly demanding requirements, using advancements in technology to meet new threats.
The product range covers a wide variety from the small and light systems to medium caliber remote-turret (RT) series.
Among a wide range of capabilities, the PROTECTOR family also enables dual-user operations, counter unmanned aerial system, multi-sensor fusion, manned-unmanned teaming solutions, a qualified safe operation via radio for use on unmanned ground vehicles and other new functions required by an expanding user community.