Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has signed a contract, valued at 500 MNOK (~50 million), with General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada (GDLS-C) for delivery of additional Protector Remote Weapon Stations (RWS) to the Canadian Army.
Canada signed its first Protector RWS contract in 2005 followed by additional contracts in 2012 and 2014. The RWS will be integrated on Canada’s fleet of Armored Combat Support Vehicles (ACSV) which are based on the Light Armoured Vehicles (LAV) 6.0 platform.
The Canadian Army will receive the latest generation Protector RWS, a Remote Weapon Station prepared for wireless control, counter-UAS capability, multi-sensor fusion, as well as other new functions required by the expanding user community. The systems for Canada will be produced in parallel with five other programs.
“We are very pleased to be chosen again as the supplier of Remote Weapon Stations to the Canadian Army. This confirms the strong position of Kongsberh’s Protector RWS, and continues the close relationship between KONGSBERG and the Canadian Army and General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada,” said Pål E. Bratlie, Executive Vice President Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS.
“In the midst of the most uncertain and difficult economic times in our lifetime, we are very pleased to win this order in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our business base is long-term and solid, with an order backlog that provides a strong foundation for continued operations into the future,” says Eirik Lie, President Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS.
Kongsberg has, for more than two decades, been the leading global supplier of Remote Weapon Stations. Leveraging millions of hours of operational use in all conditions, based on 20 000 delivered systems for 23 countries. The Protector Remote Weapon Stations has continuously evolved to meet increasingly demanding requirements, utilizing technological advancements in order to meet new threat scenarios.
Armoured Combat Support Vehicle (ACSV)
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is acquiring Armoured Combat Support Vehicle (ACSV) in various configurations to replace the current Bison Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) and M113 tracked LAV fleets.
The ACSV is based on the LAV 6.0 platform and will integrate with and support the existing LAV 6.0 platform currently in use by the CAF. This will provide a number of advantages including reduced training and sustainment costs, as well as the availability of common spare parts to fix vehicles quickly during operations.
In 2019, General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada (GDLS-C) was awarded a CAD2 billion contract by the Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), on behalf of National Defence for 360 ACSV, initial spare parts, technical manuals, and training. Various kits are also included in the procurement, such as: add on armour, mine blast, enhanced crew protection, laser warning system, side protection, and remote weapon station kits.
The delivery of the first vehicles is anticipated in late 2020, with the last vehicles being delivered in 2025.