The Canadian Army has awarded Norwegian defense company Kongsberg a contract for the delivery additional Protector remote weapon stations for its fleet of armored combat support vehicles.
Canada signed their first Protector RWS contract in 2005 followed by additional contracts in 2012 and 2014.
The latest order will supply RWS for the army’s new light armored vehicles (LAV) that will be delivered by General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada (GDLS-C) under a contract from 2019.
“We are very pleased to be chosen again as the supplier of remote weapon stations to the Canadian Army. This confirms the strong position of Kongsberg’s Protector RWS, and continues the close relationship between Kongsberg and the Canadian Army and General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada,” says Pål E. Bratlie, executive vice president Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS.
“In the midst of the most uncertain and difficult economic times in our lifetime, we are very pleased to win this order in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our business base is long-term and solid, with an order backlog that provides a strong foundation for continued operations into the future,” says Eirik Lie, President Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS.
The Canadian Army will receive the latest generation Protector RWS, a a system prepared for wireless control, counter-UAS capability, multi-sensor fusion, as well as other new functions required by the expanding user community. The systems for Canada will be produced in parallel with five other programs, Kongsberg added.