PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. – Officials of the US Army are continuing their purchases of M153 Common Remotely Operated Weapon Stations (CROWS) II from Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS in Kongsberg, Norway. CROWS II is a remote-control weapon system protected by an armor that enables combat vehicle operators to locate and shoot at targets, under certain terms and conditions of a contract worth half billion dollars.
Officials of the Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., an Army Contracting Command that announced a budget worth $498.3 million for a five-year contract to Kongsberg to provide their technology. This electro-optical CROWS system consists of sensors that include daylight video camera, thermal imager, and an eye-safe laser rangefinder equipped with the gyro-stabilized mount attached to the combat vehicle that includes guns and grenade launcher.
CROWS II has the capability to accommodate a variable number of weapons that also includes a Mk 19 Grenade launcher, Caliber machine gun, Milli-meter machine gun, and the M249 5.56-millimeter Squad Automatic Weapon. This system can be used for a variety of armoured combat vehicles that includes the M1 Abrams main battle tank where the mount can rotate 360 degrees at up to down angles from -20 to 60-degrees elevation, with corrected ballistic fire control where the camera can identify targets nearly a mile away and will be ready to fire at them at 95 percent accuracy rate with a speed of 35miles per hour. Under this contract, Kongsberg will do the assigned work at the specified locations for every order that should be done before by September 2022.