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Kongsberg demos new Protector RS2 Prototype

3rd November 2023 - 09:04 GMT | by Wilder Alejandro Sanchez in Washington DC

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A prototype of the RS2, the lightest system in Kongsberg's family of Protector remote weapons systems, aboard a Polaris MRZR Alpha light tactical vehicle at AUSA 2023. (Photo: Wilder Alejandro Sanchez)

Norway’s Kongsberg shows of its lightest RWS to date, as the company continues to support Ukrainian forces, while also eyeing moves into Latin American markets

Norway’s Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace displayed a prototype of the RS2, the lightest system in its family of Protector remote weapons systems (RWSs), at AUSA 2023 in Washington DC in October.

Speaking exclusively to Shephard, the company discussed upcoming deliveries including those for forces operating in Ukraine, along with the integrated combat solution.

‘We manufactured this baseline platform for showcasing at AUSA and to obtain feedback from our potential clients about their requirements,’ said John Carlsson, vice-president for business development at Kongsberg Defence Land Systems. ‘We can turn the RS2 into a finalized product and push it out the door. But first we want to hear what the public thinks.’

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The prototype shown at AUSA was mounted aboard a Polaris MRZR Alpha light tactical vehicle and can integrate machine guns from caliber 12.7mm to 5.56mm. The company did not disclose the RS2’s weight, but the heavier Protector RS6 and RS4 weigh 342kg and 135–190 kg, respectively.

The prototype utilizes the same Protector Common Fire Control System (CFCS) operating system as the other Kongsberg RWSs, allowing target sharing between systems to quickly locate, identify and lock on threats. Kongsberg also displayed the RS4 and RS6 RWSs, which are already deployed on the field.

An operator ‘can utilize any of these solutions from a command-and-control centre’ and remotely operate the RWSs installed aboard vehicles, Carlsson explained. Information-sharing capabilities from RWSs deployed across the battlefield give a commander a clearer picture of the situation and help protect warfighters.

On 14 August, Kongsberg announced the signing of a contract through the International Fund for Ukraine to deliver CORTEX Typhon Counter Uncrewed Aerial Systems (C-UAS) to Ukraine. The deal was worth US$68 million.

Later, on 25 September, Kongsberg announced an order from the US Army for 409 CROWS remote weapon stations, valued at US$94 million. The order formed part of the IDIQ* frame contract awarded in October 2022.

Looking to the future, Kongsberg has said it is interested in new markets. In response to a question by Shephard about Latin America, Carlsson explained there was the possibility for a ‘joint venture’ with a regional military, while a system ‘has been tested and evaluated in Chile’.

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