DESCRIPTION:

The Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS) is a stabilized mount that contains a sensor suite and fire control software, allowing on-the-move target acquisition and first-burst target engagement. CROWS also features programmable target reference points for multiple locations, programmable sector surveillance scanning, automatic target ballistic lead, automatic target tracking, and programmable no-fire zones.

Future enhancements include integration of other weapons, escalation-of-force systems, sniper detection, integrated 360-degree situational awareness, increased weapon elevation and commander’s display.

BENEFIT TO THE WARFIGHTER

CROWS allows the warfighter to remotely engage targets with precision fire while on the move or stationary to the maximum effective range of the weapon. Capable of target engagement under day and night conditions, the CROWS sensor suite includes a daytime video camera, thermal camera and laser rangefinder. CROWS is designed to mount on any tactical vehicle and supports the MK19 Grenade Machine Gun, M2 .50 Caliber Machine Gun, M240B Machine Gun and M249 Squad Automatic Weapon.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Interoperable with the MK19, M2, M240B, M249 and Javelin systems
  • Camera: 27x zoom, 47-degree field of view (FOV) (day)
  • Thermal: 2x zoom, 3 degrees and 11 degrees dual FOV (night)

PROGRAM STATUS

  • 4QFY14: Full Materiel Release (FMR) for CROWS on Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV)
  • 4QFY14: FMR for CROWS on Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles
  • 4QFY14: Transition to Organic Field Support
  • 2QFY15: FMR on Special Operations Forces M-ATV
  • 4QFY15: CROWS/Javelin Safety Confirmation approved
  • 4QFY15: CROWS Low Profile testing conducted on M1A2
  • 1QFY16: CROWS Increment 2 Capability Development Document approved

PROJECTED ACTIVITIES

  • 2QFY16: Low Profile CROWS production decision
  • 4QFY17: Transition to organic depot support

FOREIGN MILITARY SALES

None

CONTRACTORS

  • Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace (Johnstown, PA)

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