Kongsberg to repair, overhaul remote weapons stations

Oct. 18, 2013 at 2:19 PM
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OSLO, Norway, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Remote weapons stations on Canada's RG-31 armored vehicles will be repaired and overhauled by Kongsberg Protech Systems (KPS) Canada.

Details about the length and value of the contract from Canada's Department of National Defense were not disclosed.

The company, a subsidiary of Norway's Kongsberg Group, has supplied Protector M151 remote weapon stations (RWS) to Canada since 2005.

"Kongsberg is very pleased to see DND's commitment to the Canadian remote weapon stations," said Rune Johannessen, vice president of Business Development, the Americas. "These systems have been operating for several years in quite extreme conditions and need to be refurbished. The refurbished RWS's will give the Canadian armed forces enhanced protection for years to come and continues Kongsberg's position as a prime supplier of Protector RWS."

Added KPS Canada President Jorn Buo: "This program is a milestone for KPS Canada. "This is the first direct contract with DND, and we believe that this contract will help create conditions for further growth locally."

KPS said the M151 systems will be refurbished and set to the same standard as a dual remote weapons station the company is now producing for the Canadian military as part of the Tactical Armored Patrol Vehicle program, resulting in a commonality of parts.

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