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Norway’s Kongsberg signs 8-year defense technology development deal with Qatar

First project is supply of turrets and remote weapons stations for armored vehicles for $1.9 billion

Norway’s Kongsberg has signed agreements with Qatar for long-term defense, maritime industry and digital technology development programs, the company said in a press release.

Kongsberg has established a new joint venture – BK Systems – with Qatar’s Barzan Holdings, the Tuesday, March 13 release said.

The first program under the deal is the supply of turrets, remote weapons stations and communication systems for armored vehicles which could be worth up to 15 billion Norwegian kroner ($1.9 billion) over the next eight years – Kongsberg’s largest-ever single contract.

Nexter VCBO with Kongsberg weapon systems
A Nexter VBCI 2 fitted with Kongsberg’s medium-calibre turret and Protector remote weapon system at the DIMDEX exhibition in Doha, Qatar. Image: Kongsberg

Kongsberg will supply its Medium-Caliber Turret and Protector Remote Weapon Station for 490 VCBI 8×8 armored infantry fighting vehicles made by France’s Nexter. Qatar signed a Memorandum of Intent with Nexter in December.

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