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As the global leader in Remote Weapon Station (RWS) development, manufacturing and support, KONGSBERG recently unveiled their latest system developments at the Orbital ATK Bushmaster User Conference. The event took place in Arizona, USA February 1st, and showcased the PROTECTOR RWS LW30, with a M230 LF cannon and the PROTECTOR Medium Caliber (remote) Turret (MCT) with both 30mm and Super 40mm cannons.
The centerpiece of the event was the demonstration of the PROTECTOR MCT`s flexibility to “upgun” from a standard 30mm configuration, to a 40mm cannon with no changes to the turret structure. The demonstration included live fire with both 30mm and 40mm high explosives and programmable airburst munitions, giving the audience proof of the increased effects on a variety of targets.
“Our ability to quickly change from the standard 30mm configuration to Super 40, in less than 60 minutes, in an austere environment, says volumes about the flexibility of the system and the effectiveness of its design. The demonstration not only shows the capabilities of the MCT-30 system currently being delivered to the Stryker Program, but that the system can support future needs for increased capabilities and lethality across a variety of formations” said Pamela Willgohs, Executive Vice President for Medium Caliber Turrets.
KONGSBERG also demonstrated its PROTECTOR LW30, firing in moving and static scenarios. The PROTECTOR LW30 was able to demonstrate full station functionality and mobility, firing without physical restraints on the system and successfully engaging targets out to ~1,000 meters.
“This is our second demonstration of the system for an international audience. The fact that we are able operate the system fully, without physical safety restraints, speaks to the maturity of the system and the control software,” said Alf Borstad, Executive Vice President for RWS USA.
“In this case, we successfully demonstrated the ability to leverage the U.S. Common Remotely Operated Weapon System (CROWS) family of systems to support new weapons development. Our U.S. Army customer challenged us to design a system that leverages the U.S government (USG) (owned) Technical Data Package (TDP) and the expansive CROWS supply chain (and industrial base). We feel we have done that, but also delivered on the performance and capability expectations of the end customer. This successful demonstration proves the ability for the USG to continue to realize the fruit of its substantial investment in the CROWS infrastructure. This will be specifically advantageous for qualification of the system, but also aid in continued growth for our depot partners already sustaining CROWS,” Borstad continued.