GM GDLS to Support US Remote Weapon Stations in Theater

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M151 on Stryker, Mosul(click to view full) The GM/ GDLS Defense Group LLC Joint Venture in Sterling Heights, MI has been contracted to provide “contractor logistics support for other customer’s remote weapon station systems.” In plain English, these are automated, unmanned turrets that can be operated from inside a vehicle, with the gunner using a joystick for firing and control while looking at a screen that shows visual, infrared, or other images from the turret’s built-in sensors. The group’s M1126 Stryker infantry vehicles all mount M151 Kongsberg Protector systems, for instance, which have advanced optics and can be targeted and operated from inside the vehicle. CROWS w GMG, Iraq(click to view full) Recon/Optical’s CROWS system is also widely popular in theater due to its stabilization feature for firing on the move; it equips many American Hummers and packs a .50 caliber machine gun or a 40mm grenade machine gun. A subsequent GDLS release, however, notes that the contract is confined to RWS systems on Stryker vehicles (i.e. Kongsberg systems). The thing is, Kongsberg lacks an extensive on-the ground support networks on the front lines – and GM/General Dynamics has one. See below for related contracts and delivery orders… Contracts & […]

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