The US Army has ordered additional Commonly Remotely Operated Weapon Stations (CROWS) from Norway’s Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace.
Valued at $94 million, the deal will see the defense firm deliver 409 CROWS remote weapon stations to improve the army’s target acquisition and engagement capabilities.
It also covers the supply of spare parts and necessary support services.
According to Kongsberg, the recent order is part of a $1.5-billion framework contract signed in October 2022.
“We are very pleased for the opportunity to deliver additional CROWS systems to the US Army and with the confidence our customers place in our products and our organization,” company president Eirik Lie said.
The Norwegian firm did not disclose the date of delivery.
Kongsberg’s CROWS is a stabilized mount that allows warfighters to remotely and accurately engage targets while on the move or stationary.
It has a state-of-the-art sensor suite, which includes advanced cameras and a laser rangefinder, to enable improved fire-burst attacks.
Additionally, the system features programmable target reference points, automatic target tracking, programmable sector surveillance scanning, and programmable no-fire zones.
The CROWS can support various artillery systems – from machine guns to anti-tank weapons.