USMC: Kongsberg's XM914 RWS proceeding under MADIS Inc 1
Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace’s proposal to outfit US Marine Corps (USMC) Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) with its XM914 remote weapon system (RWS) has defeated...
Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace’s proposal to outfit US Marine Corps (USMC) Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) with its XM914 remote weapon system (RWS) has defeated two other competitors’ bids for the ground-based air-defence effort, Janes has learned.
Earlier this year, the service issued a request for information (RFI) seeking vendor feedback for its Marine Air Defense Integrated System Increment 1 (MADIS Inc 1) effort. Kongsberg, EOS Defense Systems, and Moog submitted their respective plans but the USMC has only asked one company to proceed.
“Kongsberg was notified on June 26 that they were selected to provide a final proposal,” a USMC spokesperson confirmed on 7 July. “Both EOS and Moog were notified that they were not selected.”
The company offered the service its XM914 RWS, which includes a 30 mm × 113 mm cannon, a 7.62 mm M240 machine gun with “full integration” of Stinger missiles, according to Scott Burk, Kongsberg Defence’s vice-president for business development and government relations for US land systems.
Pictured here, a JLTV outfitted with Kongsberg’s XM914 remote weapon system. The US Marine Corps has picked Kongsberg to move ahead with its MADIS Inc 1 effort. (Oshkosh Defense)
“This provides significant accuracy and capability with tracking and targeting over an extended range and addresses a variety of threats,” Burk wrote in a 7 July email. “This weapon station is designed to handle current and future ammunition types, and because of its common missile interface, hardware and software commonality connecting MADIS with CROWS [Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station], MUMS (multi-user, multi-station) and other existing army and Marine Corps capabilities.”
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