Kongsberg has signed a contract with General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada for delivery of the Protector Remote Weapon Stations (RWS) to the Canadian Army valued at A$76 million.
The RWS will be integrated on Canada’s fleet of Armoured Combat Support Vehicles. Canada signed their first Protector RWS contract in 2005 followed by additional contracts in 2012 and 2014.
“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 Kongsberg’s Protector RWS and continues the close relationship between Kongsberg and the Canadian Army and General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada,” Pål E. Bratlie, Executive Vice President Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS, said.
“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,” Eirik Lie, President Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS, said.
The Canadian Army will receive the latest generation Protector, an RWS 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.
Australia was one of the first export countries to purchase the Protector in 2004.