The Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station is a remotely controlled weapon station (RWS ) that can be mounted on vehicles or fixed platforms. Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station is also known under the abbreviation CROWS. The US Army is the main user of the CROWS.
The CROWS offer the possibility of target detection and control from the vehicle without having to leave the associated protection of the armor. The CROWS can be used to mount various weapons, such as the Mk-19 machine guns, the heavy Browning M2 machine gun, or the M240 or M249 machine gun. Following an invitation to tender for the successor system, the contract was awarded to the Norwegian company Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace. They won the tender for the CROWS II with a variant of the already introduced Protector M151, which is already used in the Stryker wheel armor. Kongsberg thus received a master contract for the delivery of up to 6500 systems, an order value of more than one billion US dollars, and the delivery of a first tranche for 300 million US dollars.