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Remote Weapon Stations To Be Supplied to US Army


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Kongsberg Gruppen
: 19 April, 2010  (Application Story)
The CROWS II Remote Weapon Station is being supplied for use by land forces as part of US Army order on Kongsberg
Kongsberg has booked an order with the United States Army valued at $100 million for additional Protector Remote Weapon Stations within the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS II) framework agreement. This agreement, originally signed in August 2007, was increased in December 2009 from 6,500 to 10,349 systems.

“Kongsberg has long striven to supply products that support the full mission of the land forces,” said Knut Saeter, Executive Vice President of Kongsberg Protech Systems in Alexandria, VA. “This latest contract award signifies the US Army’s dedication to providing Soldiers with a system that will increase their effectiveness and protection.”

The US 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 armoured 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.

Kongsberg Protech Systems is a business area within the Kongsberg Group. As an international, knowledge-based company, Kongsberg supplies high-technology systems and solutions to customers engaged in the oil and gas industry, the merchant marine, and the defence and aerospace industries. In 2009, Kongsberg had a turnover of NOK 13.8 billion (approx. US $2.3 billion) with 5,423 employees in more than 25 countries as of 31 December, 2009. Kongsberg is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, Norway (OSE).

The contract with the US Army was announced to the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE) on 12 April, 2010.
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