US Marine Corps MADIS Remote Weapon Station Program Kicks Off US Production
Manufacturing of the Marine Air Protection Built-in System (MADIS) Distant Weapon Station (RWS) has efficiently moved from Kongsberg, Norway to Kongsberg Protech Methods USA in Johnstown, Penn. with the inaugural system finishing meeting and testing in March. Extra methods are additionally being constructed for MADIS as a part of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Floor Based mostly Air Protection (GBAD) modernization effort. The U.S. Marine Corps awarded Kongsberg the indefinite supply / indefinite amount different transaction authority (OTA) manufacturing contract in Sept. 2021. It has a ceiling of $94 million and features a collection of Low-Fee Preliminary Manufacturing (LRIP) methods, full-rate manufacturing models, spares and coaching. This manufacturing contract award adopted a Sept. 2020 OTA contract award from the USMC to KONGSBERG for check articles and actions, which included Design Verification Testing (DVT), after a aggressive course of.
“KONGSBERG’s Johnstown facility persistently yields distant weapon station manufacturing excellence, having produced greater than 20,000 methods over the past 15 years. Our extremely educated and expert workers partnered with engineers and workers from Norway to efficiently transition the manufacturing of all MADIS RWS to the Pennsylvania facility as a part of our schedule and contract with the U.S. Marine Corps,” mentioned Jason Toepfer, venture supervisor, MADIS RWS, Kongsberg Protech Methods. “The profitable construct of this inaugural system exemplifies our rigorous processes, becoming a member of the 5 prototype and check property we’ve produced for the Marine Corps in Norway. This additionally kicks off MADIS RWS manufacturing right here within the U.S., a transfer that enables us to raised assist this buyer and ship this vital lethality enhancement.”
The KONGSBERG RS6 RWS for MADIS RWS contains the XM914E1 30mmx113mm percussion-primed cannon with a co-axial M240C (7.62mm) machine gun, an integration equipment for the STINGER Air-To-Air Launcher (ATAL) and provisions for future C-UAS defeat methods. MADIS is a part of the U.S. Marine Corps’ plan to improve their two lively Low Altitude Air Protection (LAAD) battalions. The primary 30mm distant weapon system to be certified on the Joint Gentle Tactical Automobile platform (JLTV), MADIS RWS mounts on JLTVs and fights as a complimentary pair, designated as Mk1 and Mk2. The MADIS Mk1 options STINGER missiles, and neutralizes fastened and rotary-wing plane. Mk2 fulfills the Counter-Unmanned Plane System (C-UAS) mission requirement, whereas additionally offering radar and command-and-control for the pair.
The KONGSBERG RS6 RWS for MADIS leverages expertise and competence drawn from a number of counter-unmanned plane methods (C-UAS) and air protection packages. The system leverages commonality with the household of PROTECTOR RWS delivered and fielded with the U.S. Military and Marine Corps. KONGSBERG is the world’s main producer of RWS, having delivered over 20,000 models to greater than 20 nations worldwide. KONGSBERG can also be the only real supplier of RWS and distant turrets to the U.S. Military and U.S. Marine Corps. All RWS and distant turrets delivered to U.S. clients are manufactured within the Kongsberg Johnstown, Penn. facility and leverage our intensive American provide base. The corporate takes nice satisfaction in its continued assist to, and for america, U.S. staff, and U.S. provide base.
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