In all the Eurosatory news this week another story has emerged that is interesting for the UK.
Kongsberg make the US CROWS II Remote Weapon System and as a follow up to a previous test firing from a Stryker they done the same from their PROTECTOR RWS mounted on a Piranha V vehicle on a winter firing range in Norway.
The Norwegian MoD sponsored the tests in Rena, two missiles hit targets at 800m and 1,650m respectively. The Javelin Vehicle Launcher (JVL) allows Javelin to be fired from a modified PROTECTOR mount from under armour.
Since the MoD withdrew the CVR(T) Striker vehicle equipped with the Swingfire missile the Army has not had the ability to fire anto tank missiles from under armour.
We dabbled with the recce overwatch concept with the TRACER vehicle and FRES has also skirted with the idea but the latest information indicates this is longer part of the FRES vision.
So why does any of this matter?
Although the Army uses the Selex Enforcer Remote Weapon System, it also being a licence build, this time the Rafael Mini Sampson, on Ridgeback, Challenger, Bulldog and Panther it has also fielded the Kongsberg Protector in a licence build from Thales in Glasgow. The Talisman route clearance and proving capability uses the Thales manufactured Protector and it (in the lite version) has also been demonstrated on the Jackal ISTAR.
As usual it would seem, the MoD has managed to duplicate on a relatively simple off the shelf capability but the benefit of the Protector is that it leverages its large installed base, especially with US forces.
Although there is no stated requirement, it would seem that for a modest investment the UK could integrate a single Javelin launcher with its Protector RWS.