KONGSBERG Remote Weapon Systems

Kongsberg is the world`s leading provider of remote weapon systems and has to date delivered more than 20,000 PROTECTOR systems to more than 20 nations.


About KONGSBERG Remote Weapon Systems

Two centuries of innovation, transformation and delivering results has made Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA) a recognized global technology leader and a leading supplier within defence, surveillance, space, aerostructures and maintenance repair and overhaul. We take pride in developing advanced solutions and products of strategic importance, for markets around the world.


Kongsberg is the world`s leading provider of remote weapon systems and has to date delivered more than 20,000 PROTECTOR systems to more than 20 nations. The PROTECTOR family of Remote Weapon Systems includes multiple variants of  weapon stations (RS) and turrets (RT).

Kongsberg has more than 400 engineers dedicated for RS and RT business, that is focused on providing the best possible solutions to our customers and maintaining our world-leading position in the remote weapon systems market. Customer focus is Kongsberg`s number one priority. This is achieved through collaborative engagement with customers and partners, investments in innovative solutions and proactive 24/7 Through Life Support.

The PROTECTOR Family systems are suitable for any mission whether on land or at sea, on mobile or static platforms for remote operation of payloads ranging from small caliber weapons to medium caliber automatic cannons, and ATGM and SHORAD missile systems. All systems are utilizing the same baseline technology and are modular, flexible and expandable.

The PROTECTOR has been in full scale production since 1997 and is qualified for global operations. The design is mature and proven based on millions of hours of operational experience in combat zones, and developed and consciously evolved in close cooperation with Defence Forces worldwide.

The PROTECTOR is designed and built for operation in extreme environmental conditions, with capabilities that allow soldiers to operate effectively from a protected position or a remote location by using precision optics and weapons to observe, detect, and engage targets with high accuracy. This not only saves soldiers’ lives, but also reduces the risk for collateral damage significantly.

Common characteristics for KONGSBERG Remote Weapon Systems:

Highly accurate and reliable
Customized sensors
Automatic tilt and cant compensation
Automatic lead angle correction
Target tracking
Common network based fire control
Safe operation from within the platform
Robotics ready
Mounts on any platform that can carry the respective system weight
Qualified for global operations
Flexible and modular
Low life cycle cost


The RS4 is the world’s most fielded remote weapon system with more than 20,000 units delivered and in use by customers around the globe.


System weight from 135Kg
Mounts single or dual weapons in combination with smoke grenades
Machine guns from 5.56 to 12.7mm, 40mm Automatic Grenade Launchers (AGL) and missile systems
4 axis point and vector stabilization
Ballistic protection available


RS6 is a platform for integration of lighter medium caliber cannons in combination with machine guns and missile systems. RS6 is selected by un-disclosed customers for integration of multi-specter weapon systems.


System weight from 380Kg
Mounts a medium caliber cannon in combination with a machine gun and a missile system
Machine guns from 5.56 to 12.7mm, 40mm AGL, canons up to LW-30mm and ATGM or SHORAD missiles
4 axis point and vector stabilization
Sensors matching the extended range of the cannon and long-range ATGMs
High level of flexibility to support integration of new weapon systems


Protector RS2 is the most compact remote weapon system in the product portfolio and is the perfect choice for smaller tactical vehicles, robotic platforms and tactical support systems with weight restrictions. The RS2 offering full flexibility and modularity in an affordable system.


System weight from 60kg
Mounts single weapons
Machine guns from 5.56 to 12.7mm, 40mm AGL or missile systems


The PROTECTOR RT provides accurate firepower for wheeled and tracked combat vehicles. The system is the first remotely operated turret to be qualified and fielded within the U.S. Army. It is fielded in the US Stryker and selected for the USMC Amphibious Combat Vehicle Program. The RT is also designated as the “lethality” Government Furnished Equipment by the U.S. Army for the medium variants of the Service’s nascent Robotic Combat Vehicle program.


System weight from 1200Kg
Mounts medium caliber cannons in combination with a coaxial machine gun, missile systems, smoke grenades and a roof mounted commanders panoramic sight or RWS.
Mounts 30 to 40mm automatic cannons with a growth path to 50mm cannons.
ATGM or SHORAD missiles can be embedded/roof mounted on a Remote Weapon System
A framework structure with a ballistic shelter protects the crew and vital parts, and function as the base for integration of add-on protection systems, radios, threat detection sensors, smoke grenades, small UAVs, etc.
Single or dual user set up with advanced hunter killer capabilities
Reload from under armour
Low weight and profile

PROTECTOR RS4, special design for low profile

The RS4 variant for low profilet provides a reduced height signature. The low profile variant is fielded on the US Army M1A2 Abrams MBT as a commander`s RWS and sight.


System height 520mm
Mounts single or dual weapons
Machine guns from 5.56 to 12.7mm or 40mm AGL in combination with a missile system


The Navalized Remote Weapon System has the same performance and flexibility as the standard RWS, but has a surface treatment and other components that is specially designed for use in a blue sea environment. The system can interact with the vessels bridging system and become a part of the holistic sensor and defence system.


Structure for operation in blue sea environment
Overall system weight from 135Kg
Mounts single or dual weapons in combination with smoke grenades
Machine guns from 5.56 to 12.7mm, 40mm AGL and missile systems
4 axis point and vector stabilization


KONGSBERG has a dedicated Through Life Support (TLS) organization providing thorough and proactive support for all products within the PROTECTOR family, when and where our customers need it. The TLS is designed to provide maximum availability and life cycle cost predictability. Dedicated key account managers ensures a professional follow-up.
The support concept includes Basic Logistics Support for continuous and recurring services, and Extended Logistics Support for on demand services.


• Access to expertise on KONGSBERG Remote Weapon Systems
• Remote Support
• Updated Spares Lists
• Obsolescence monitoring/reporting
• Dedicated Point of Contact
• Annual support meeting
• Annual Spares price list
• Annual activity report


• On-site support by Field Service Engineer
• Preventive/Corrective Maintenance
• SW/HW Modifications
• Training
• Configuration Management
• Spare Parts Provisioning and Storage
• Obsolescence resolutions
• System Engineering Services

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Sales & Marketing
PO Box 1003
N – 3601

Main #: +47 32 28 82 00

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