Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KONGSBERG) announced that it has delivered its 20,000th Remote Weapon Station (RWS) from its PROTECTOR family of products. The system has been in use from 1999 by the Norwegian Armed Forces, and has developed into a family of versatile systems with capability to integrate weapons from 5.56mm rifles to 30mm cannons, anti-tank and air defence missiles, mission oriented sensor packages and flexible control solutions. The PROTECTOR RWS has been sold to 23 nations including Norway, United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands and Switzerland. More than 17,000 stations are delivered to United States alone, where unit number 20,000 was a PROTECTOR Low Profile for the US Army M1V3 Abrams Main Battle Tank.
KONGSBERG is currently in production of the most advanced, flexible and technologically mature family of RWS available for the US and world market. KONGSBERG is committed to provide thorough, reliable and proactive through-life support of the PROTECTOR family, when and where the users need it.
“KONGSBERG is proud to be the world’s leader in Remote Weapon Station technology and related technology integration, such as battlefield management & control of unmanned platforms. Our product’s maturity is far beyond just being a concept – the PROTECTOR has millions of hours of operational experience with militaries around the world”, said Pål Bratlie, executive vice President land systems, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace.