Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (KONGSBERG) has signed a contract valued 1 030 MNOK with Thales UK Ltd. for delivery of the PROTECTOR RS4 Remote Weapon Stations (RWS) to the British Army Boxer Mechanized Infantry Vehicle (MIV) program. More than 20.000 of the PROTECTOR RS family of RWS’s has been delivered to 23 countries since the beginning of this century. KONGSBERG has provided UK with PROTECTOR RWS’s since 2008, and MIV is the seventh delivery contract including two upgrades for the British Armed Forces. The PROTECTOR RS4 RWS will be integrated on the British Army`s new fleet of BOXER 8×8 vehicles in close cooperation with Thales UK, Rheinmetall and KMW.
The Boxer is a multirole armoured fighting vehicle designed by an international consortium to accomplish a number of operations through the use of installable mission modules. The nations participating in the Boxer program have changed as the program has developed. On 31 March 2018 it was announced by the UK government that it was re-joining the Boxer programme. On 3 April 2018 this was followed by the announcement that Boxer had been selected by the British Army to meet its Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) requirement.
“We are very pleased that the British Army continues to rely on KONGSBERG as the supplier of Remote Weapon Stations. This confirms the strong position of KONGSBERG’s PROTECTOR RS4 RWS, and continues the close relationship between KONGSBERG, the British Armed Forces and Thales UK,” says Pål E. Bratlie, Executive Vice President Land Systems at Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS.
KONGSBERG has, for more than two decades, been the world-leading global supplier of Remote Weapon Systems. The PROTECTOR family of products has millions of hours of operational use and is continuously evolved to meet increasingly demanding requirements, utilizing advancements in technology in order to meet new threats. The product range covers a wide variety from the small and light systems to medium caliber Remote Turrets (RT series). Among a wide range of capabilities, the PROTECTOR family also enables dual-user operations, counter UAS (Unmanned Aerial System), multi-sensor fusion, manned-unmanned teaming solutions, a qualified Safe operation via radio for use on UGVs (Unmanned Ground Vehicles) as well as other new functions required by the expanding user community.