Category: Defence Industry
KONGSBERG has signed a cooperation agreement in Qatar for long-term technology development programs within defence, maritime industry and digitalization.
The first programme in relation to the cooperation will be delivery of communication, digitalization and tower solutions for military vehicles, a programme with a potential of approximately NOK 15 billion over the next eight years.
The programme will be the largest in KONGSBERG’s history and entail 15.000 Norwegian man-labour years and involve more than 170 Norwegian sub-suppliers.
Together with Barzan Holdings, KONGSBERG has established a new company for technology development programs. The company, BK Systems, will have its main office in Qatar Science & Technology Park, and KONGSBERG holding the CEO position. The park is an innovation hub for leading international industry and universities.
Today, Barzan Holdings announced the companies that have been selected to deliver to the country’s upcoming vehicle programme which is to be delivered over the next eight years.
KONGSBERG is to deliver tower solutions, and digitalization and communication solutions to 490 armoured vehicles delivered by the French company Nexter. The next steps in the process will be detailing and final negotiations prior to signing the final contract for the programme.
KONGSBERG is to deliver the solutions “PROTECTOR Remote Weapon Station” and “Medium Caliber Turret” to the programme, both tower solutions developed for increased protection of personnel.
The PROTECTOR Remote Weapon Station is a system that was developed in cooperation with Norwegian armed forces towards the end of the 1990s, and has since been continuously developed and is now the world-leading solution with close to 20.000 systems delivered to 19 nations.
The Medium Caliber Turret is a further developed, larger sized solution currently under delivery to the US armed forces. In addition to the delivery of the tower solutions, the agreement also includes delivery of integrated digitalization and communication solutions for the vehicles.
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