The US Army has awarded Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace a 5-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract valued up to $1.5 billion for the continued delivery of the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS).
Between the M151 and M153 variants, Kongsberg has delivered more than 18,000 systems to the US armed services. CROWS is a US Army program of record for acquisition and sustainment of Remote Weapon Stations for all US Army vehicle programs.
These systems are in-service within every branch of the US military and many US agencies, providing protection for soldiers within combat vehicles, facilities, and vessels.
Kongsberg says its Protector family of remote weapon stations is the most widely used system in the world, providing commonality among NATO and allied forces.
“Kongsberg is proud to be selected as the supplier in this competitive award for the next five-year CROWS contract. This is an important milestone. We are extending our collaboration with US Army as we have since 2007 enabling Kongsberg, together with the customer, to provide the soldiers with the best remotely controlled weapon solution,” says Eirik Lie, president of Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace.
“With this award, Kongsberg and the US government will be able to fully realize the investments made in the tech refresh systems and bring those capabilities to new and existing customers both in the US and abroad. CROWS Tech Refresh is the “next generation” of remote weapon stations. The Tech Refresh systems are designed to provide greater stand-off, increased precision, and networking capabilities as well as vastly improved situational awareness in addition to being backwards compatible,” said Eirik Tord Jensen, executive vice president for Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace Land Systems division.