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US Army awards $100mn CROWS contract to Kongsberg

Norway Norvegian Remote Weapon Stations CROWS. PHOTO: Kongsberg Gruppen Corporation.

KONGSBERG (BNS): US army has awarded a military contract worth up to $100 million to Kongsberg Gruppen of Norway.

The order is part of the increase of the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Stations (CROWS) framework agreement for up to 10.349 systems signed in December 2009.

According to a news release by Kongsberg Gruppen, CROWS is a joint acquisition programme for weapon stations for the army's vehicle programmes. The programme will result in substantial efficiency gains in respect of protection, training, support and further development.

The initial CROWS II framework agreement was disclosed to the Oslo Stock Exchange on 22 August 2007.

The Protector Weapon Control System, in the CROWS II configuration, protects military troops by allowing the vehicle's weapons to be operated from a protected position inside the vehicle, the release said.

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