Kongsberg awarded contract for additional CROWS conversions

Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace was awarded a modification for an additional quantity of Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS) conversions.

The contract modification, worth around $30 million, was awarded by the U.S. Army Contracting Command located in New Jersey. Fiscal 2016 and 2018 other procurement (Army) funds for the amount were obligated at the time of the award.

The work will be performed in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of May 15, 2019.

Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station

Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS) is a United States military term for remote weapon station systems for use within armoured vehicles. The U.S. military has fielded both the M101 CROWS and M153 CROWS II systems.

The CROWS system provides an operator with the ability to acquire and engage targets while inside a vehicle, protected by its armor.

It is designed to mount on a variety of vehicle platforms and supports the Mk 19 grenade launcher, M2 .50 Caliber Machine Gun, M240B Machine Gun, and M249 Squad Automatic Weapon.

The weapon  mount is capable of 360-degree rotation and −20 to +60-degree elevation and is gyro-stabilized. The sight package includes a daylight video camera, a thermal camera and an eye-safe laser rangefinder. It is also furnished with a fully integrated fire control system that provides ballistic correction.

CROWS II is a variant of Kongsberg  M151 PROTECTOR remotely controlled weapons station (RWS), which is also used on the Stryker M1126 Infantry Carrier Vehicle.

The XM153 CROWS II has been delivered in huge quantities and more than a thousand systems are fielded. It has been employed on M1 Abrams main battle tanks (MBT), various versions of the Humvee, Buffalo MRVs, RG-31 Nyalas, RG-33s, the Army’s M1126 Stryker APC, and was soon integrated into the MATV, JERRV, Caiman, and MaxxPro.

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