At Eurosatory 2016, Norway’s Kongsberg highlighted the growing flexibility of its Protector range of remote weapon stations (RWS) by showing variants providing a fully configurable dual weapon system. Incorporating a 12.7mm machine gun or 40mm automatic grenade launcher as the main weapon and a 7.62mm machine gun or Javelin anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) in the coaxial role, the system design facilitates mission configuration basis for maximum flexibility.
The UK Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU), supported by Kongsberg and the Javelin Joint Venture (JJV) programme, successfully conducted a Javelin missile trial recently that fully leveraged a missile integrated on the M151 Protector RWS. In all, ATDU fired five Javelin missiles from the M151 mounted on a Spartan armoured vehicle. The trials included the firing of three Block 0 missiles at ranges of 1500, 2500, and 3200 metres and two Block 1 missiles at ranges of 3500 and 4300 metres. All five missiles struck the designated targets, including an engagement at 4300 metres – one of the longest Javelin engagement distances acheived to date.
“With continuous developments and innovations, we provide added capabilities that support the missions of the soldiers out in the field. We see an increased demand for add-ons and solutions like the Javelin integration, and we are very satisfied with the excellent test results,” says Espen Henriksen, President of Kongsberg Protech Systems.