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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): December 2001
Total Production: 17,000
Also Known As: CROWS, CROWS-J, Protector M151, RWCS and Weapons Control System
Origin: Norway
Corporations: Kongsberg Gruppen
Parent System: Weapons Control System
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): December 2001
Total Production: 17,041
Family Members: Protector Lite, Protector MC RWS, Protector NM221 and Sea Protector
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Description: The Weapons Control System (WCS), also known as Remote Weapon Station (RWS) or M151 Protector, was developed by Kongsberg of Norway to protect armored vehicles without exposing the vehicle's crew to enemy fire. Such a system enables the crew to effectively operate the weapon and sensor systems of the WCS well protected under armor. The Protector has been designed to integrate light and medium-caliber guns as well as missile and grenade launchers.

Protector Hellfire is a variant equipped with two AGM-114 Hellfire anti-armor missiles tested by the Royal Norwegian Navy in 2004. The Protector Javelin is a version provided with the Javelin anti-tank missile command launch unit (CLU) developed in cooperation with the US Army's AMRDEC, Redstone Arsenal, USA. The Protector family of weapon station is targeted at light and medium armored vehicles and small boats. More than 2,000 RWS have been produced for customers worldwide since December 2001.

To date, the WCS has been purchased by the armed forces of Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland and the United States of America. The US Army selected the M151 Protector to be integrated onto the Stryker wheeled multi-purpose vehicle primarily on the Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) variant, HMMWV and MRAP vehicles under the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS) program awarded to Kongsberg in August 2007.

The basic M151 Protector weapon station integrates a 12.7mm (0.5 caliber) remotely operated M2 machine gun and several smoke grenades with a sensor package and sight system on a fully stabilized platform. So far, Kongsberg has produced more than 1,500 M151 Protector basic models. Its sensor package includes CCD-TV daylight camera, uncooled thermal camera and laser rangefinder. The CROWS-J variant is equipped with a single Javelin anti-tank missile.

On November 1st, 2005, General Dynamics Land Systems of Canada signed a contract valued at NOK 100 million ($17 million) with Kongsberg for the delivery of WCS for the Canadian Army. On 27 January 2006, the Irish Department of Defence signed a contract with MOWAG GmbH for 15 Piranha III 8x8 armored vehicles. Nine of the combat vehicles were set to be equipped with Kongsberg 12.7mm stabilized and remotely controlled weapon station and the remaining six vehicles with an OTO-Melara 30mm gun. Piranha III deliveries were expected to start in February 2007.

On June 1, 2006, the government of Canada awarded General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada a CAD $31 million contract for 25 additional RG-31 mine protected vehicles. The contract also included provision for the Kongsberg's M151 remote weapon stations valued at MNOK 51. Deliveries to the Canadian Army were planned between September and November 2006. These additional vehicles were an option from a previous contract awarded in November 2005 that called for the delivery of 50 vehicles.

Protector Applications

Armored Vehicles AMV 8x8 Boxer APC BvS10 CV90 Armadillo LAV II M1126 Stryker ICV M113 M1A1 Abrams M1A2 Abrams SEP M1A2C Abrams Piranha 3+ Piranha III 8x8 Piranha V VAB Cannons & Gear EMAV THeMIS Protection Systems BLADE Tactical Vehicles HMT 600 Mountain Lion PMV Survivor II RG-31 TAPV

Protector Specifications

ZOOM: 30
Azimuth Coverage: 360 �
Coverage in Elevation: 80 �
Field Of View FOV: 45 �
Main Gun Caliber: 12.7 millimeter
Combat Weight: 128 kilogram (282 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Protector News

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1 Jun 2006 and 10 Dec 2019
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019Denmark Orders Protector Remote Weapon Station for Piranha V 8x8 Armored Vehicles
Wednesday, December 4, 2019Germany Orders Protector Remote Weapon Station to Counter UAVs
Tuesday, December 3, 2019Switzerland Orders Additional Protector Remote Weapon Stations
Monday, September 23, 2019Kongsberg Awarded Contract for Additional CROWS Weapon Stations
Saturday, September 21, 2019US Marine Corps Testing EMAV Ground Drone Equipped with CROWS Weapon Station
Tuesday, August 27, 2019FMS: Lithuania Seeks 500 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles
Monday, July 8, 2019FMS: Taiwan Requests Sale of 108 M1A2T Abrams Tanks
Friday, September 14, 2018US Army Orders Next Phase of CROWS Weapon Station Contract
Friday, December 1, 2017US Army Places Order for Additional CROWS Weapon Stations for M1A2 Tanks
Monday, October 9, 2017Raytheon Offers US Army Stryker-Mounted Stinger Missile Air Defense System

Operators & Related Equipment

Provided to ASLAV vehicles
Provided to RG-31 vehicles
Provided to AMV 8x8
Integrated on VAB and BvS10 vehicles
Integrated on Piranha
Protector weapon stations provided to Dutch Boxer armored vehicles
Remote Weapon Stations ordered for a second batch of 144 CV90s ordered in June 2012
Weapon stations provided to 48 BvS10 vehicles of the Swedish Armed Forces
Protector weapon stations ordered for integration on the Swiss Army's Piranha vehicles.
United States of America10,349
Integrated on Stryker, HMMWV and MRAPs

Grand Total 10,55017
Defensive Weapons
Javelin Block 1x1
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