LONDON — Norwegian weapons company Kongsberg has beaten off competition to win a third major deal with the U.S. Army to supply remote weapons stations for vehicles.
The company said it had been awarded a framework agreement worth up to $970 million over the next five years for production, system support and technical engineering support for the M153 Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS).
An order worth $9.1 million already has been received by Kongsberg. The scope of the agreement depends on demand and future annual allocations. Kongsberg has been the incumbent CROWS supplier with a version of its Protector system since 2007.
More than 10,000 systems have already been delivered to the U.S. military.
An additional 16 countries also have acquired members of the Protector family since the company entered full-scale production in December 2001. Total sales exceed 17,000 units.
Egil Haugsdal, the president of Kongsberg Protect Systems, said, “winning this program in the midst of a tough market ensures Kongsberg’s world leading position in the market for remotely operated weapons stations continues.”
Soldier protection in vehicles also helped BAE Systems secure a smaller deal when it announced Aug. 20 it had won an $11.4 million contract from the U.S. Army to supply more than 4,000 gunner protection kits and gunner shield kits for M1151 and M1114 vehicles.
The U.S. arm of British-based BAE has supplied 6,413 kits to the U.S. Army.