Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KONGSBERG) and Thales UK indicators new Memorandum of Settlement. The brand new MoA displays the aspiration by each KONGSBERG and Thales UK to work nearer collectively on PROTECTOR Distant Weapon Techniques Programmes in a larger variety of areas of navy functionality, within the UK, but in addition in overseas markets. The connection between KONGSBERG and Thales UK has strengthened and grown for the reason that first Teaming Settlement was signed between the 2 firms in 2007. Since then, KONGSBERG and Thales UK have labored collectively to advertise the PROTECTOR Distant Weapon Techniques (RWS) within the UK and to ship the world’s most superior RWS to its Ministry of Defence. The PROTECTOR RWS has been in common use in quite a lot of operational theatres and on quite a lot of navy Land Platforms for the reason that late Nineteen Nineties. Over 1000 techniques have presently been contracted for Service inside the UK Armed Forces.

Stephen McCann, Managing Director of OME inside Thales UK mentioned: “I’m delighted to be re-signing this memorandum of settlement that consolidates our present partnership over 20 years. A partnership that has secured a serious position inside the UK Military’s Boxer Strategic Pipeline and has grown from energy to energy. I look ahead to extending the attain and scope of a partnership within the UK and all through Europe and supporting Kongsberg in the USA of America.”


“PROTECTOR Programmes, initiatives and functionality areas KONGSBERG and Thales UK aspire to collaborate in have steadily grown since we signed the final settlement in 2017. Each firms have expressed a excessive degree of ambition to increase our relationship over the approaching 5 years,” says Eirik Tord Jensen, Government Vice President Land Techniques, KONGSBERG.

Kongsberg and Thales UK indicators memorandum of settlement Protector PROTECTOR Distant Weapon Techniques (RWS). (Picture by Anita Nyheim/Kongsberg)

Numbers of PROTECTOR Distant Weapon Techniques (RWS) in Service with UK Armed Forces have elevated steadily through the years, with an vital contract to ship Distant Weapon Techniques to AJAX being received in 2015, and with a subsequent contract to ship Distant Weapon Techniques to the British Military’s new BOXER Mechanised Infantry Automobile Programme being received in 2020. Subsequently, extra contracts have been awarded to KONGSBERG to improve present Distant Weapon Techniques and to extend the variety of techniques in Service with British Military. The PROTECTOR Distant Weapon Techniques was initially competitively chosen by the UK Ministry of Defence based mostly on the techniques’ excessive sensor efficiency, firing accuracy and system modularity/flexibility, which have all been key in establishing the PROTECTOR’s position because the Distant Weapon Techniques of alternative for numerous UK’s Land Platform Programmes.

KONGSBERG is the world’s main supplier of Distant Weapon Techniques (RWS) and has so far delivered greater than 20.000 PROTECTOR Distant Weapon Techniques to twenty-eight nations. The PROTECTOR household of Distant Weapon Techniques are appropriate for any mission whether or not on land or at sea. Built-in on cellular or static platforms, the techniques allow distant operation of payloads starting from small caliber weapons to medium caliber automated cannons. The system is modular, and the entire completely different variants of the PROTECTOR household share the identical baseline know-how. The PROTECTOR household contains the RS2, RS4 and RS6 Distant Weapon Stations, – with weapons from gentle machine weapons (5.56mm) to gentle cannons (30mmx113mm). It additionally contains the Distant Turrets, – designed for medium caliber cannons like 30mmx173mm and 40mmx180mm. For the final 20 years KONGSBERG has delivered greater than 20.000 PROTECTOR Distant Weapon Techniques to a complete of 28 nations. This contains the most important US program Generally Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS). CROWS is a US Military Program of Report for acquisition and sustainment of Distant Weapon Stations for all U.S. Military car applications.

Kongsberg Protector family of Remote Weapon Systems and Remote Turrets.
Kongsberg Protector household of Distant Weapon Techniques and Distant Turrets. (Picture by Kongsberg)