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Kongsberg in CROWS deal with U.S. Army

April 16, 2010 at 10:45 AM

WASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army ordered $100 million worth of remote weapons stations from Norwegian defense contractor Kongsberg, the company announced.

Kongsberg said it booked a $100 million order from the U.S. Army for its PROTECTOR Remote Weapon Stations within the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station framework agreement.

The Kongsberg-designed CROWS II system is intended to let soldiers use remote weapon stations from inside armored vehicles. The mounting system is designed to fit a number of vehicle systems and supports a variety of weapon platforms.

Knut Saeter, executive vice president at the Virginia division of Kongsberg, said his company has a reputation for supplying warfighters for various missions.

"This latest contract award signifies the U.S. Army's dedication to providing soldiers with a system that will increase their effectiveness and protection," he added.

The PROTECTOR system has more than 20 million hours of operation and is deployed with military forces of 17 nations.