Israeli defense company, Elbit Systems has been awarded a contract of approximately $35 million, to supply the Montenegrin Armed Forces with Remote Controlled Weapon Stations (RCWS) for its new Oshkosh Defense 4X4 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs).
The contract was awarded following the signing of a historic Government-to-Government (G2G) agreement between the Montenegrin Ministry of Defense and the Israeli Ministry of Defense’s (IMoD) International Defense Cooperation Directorate (SIBAT).
According to the contract signed, Elbit Systems will perform full integration of the RCWS onboard the JLTV vehicles over a three-year period and will provide logistic support for a seven-year period.
Yehuda (Udi) Vered, General Manager of Elbit Systems Land division, commented: “We are very proud to introduce our RCWS to Montenegro’s Armed Forces. This award further expands our NATO customer base and strengthens our growing cooperation with Oshkosh. We are witnessing a growing demand worldwide for our RCWS, of which many hundreds are already operational onboard a range of land and naval platforms, and we trust that further customers will follow in acquiring our advanced and mature weapon stations.”
Elbit Systems’ 12.7mm RCWS is a lightweight, low silhouette, dual-axis and stabilized Remote Controlled Weapon Station and is mounted externally on armored vehicles. The RCWS offers accurate firing on-the-move and is operated via handles and Smart Displays by the gunner from within the vehicle, providing protection for the vehicle’s crew.
Montenegro signed a US$36.17 million contract for the procurement of 67 JLTVs. The vehicles will equip Montenegro’s NATO-declared forces: the 1st Infantry Company in Nikšić and the 2nd Infantry Company in Pljevlja.
The first 20 vehicles are scheduled to arrive in 2020, making Montenegro Europe’s first JLTV operator. Montenegro is to acquire 55 JLTVs in basic configuration, eight in anti-tank configuration, and the remaining four in medical and command configurations.