US Marine Corps Awards Production Contract to KONGSBERG for C-UAS Capability

The US Marine Corps order more Remote Weapon Systems for new Counter-UAS weapon.

06 October 2021


The US Marine Corps (USMC) has ordered more KONGSBERG Remote Weapon Systems (RWS) for the Marine Air Defense Integrated System (MADIS) programme.

The indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity contract awarded to Kongsberg Protech Systems US has a ceiling of $94 million and includes a series of Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) systems and full-rate production units.

MADIS is a short-range surface-to-air shoot-on-the-move electronic warfare counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS) air defence weapon, which will be mounted atop a 4×4 Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).

The KONGSBERG RS6 RWS for MADIS leverages technology and competence drawn from multiple C-UAS and air defence programmes. The system leverages commonality with the family of PROTECTOR RWS already fielded with the US Army and Marine Corps and will be integrated on the JLTV together with external sensors and effectors. 

The MADIS RWS includes the XM914E1 30 mm x 113 mm DC-driven cannon with a co-axial M240 (7.62 mm) machine gun, an integration kit for the Stinger Air-To-Air Launcher (ATAL) and provisions for future C-UAS defeat systems.

“The MADIS program with KONGSBERGs RS6 30mm remote weapon system signifies a powerful lethality capability for the Marine Corps, initiating a new era in USMC ground-based air defence operations,” said Pål E Bratlie, executive vice president at Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace.

KONGSBERG has delivered more than 20,000 RWS units to more than 20 countries worldwide. All RWS and remote turrets delivered to US customers are manufactured in the Kongsberg Johnstown, Pennsylvania facility.