The Marine Corps has selected Kongsberg’s 30mm remote weapon station (RWS) for its program to find a counter-UAS system to be integrated on its Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV).
Kongsberg will deliver its XM914 RWS for testing under the Marine Air Defense Integrated System (MADIS) program to find a mobile direct fire defeat system capable of taking down drones, fixed- and rotary-wing threats.
“Although a new class of weapon and station, it is based on a proven design and previously qualified components to provide the Marine Corps with a low-risk system that reduces the burden of provisioning and training across the service,” Jeff Wood, general manager of Kongsberg Protech Systems USA, said in a statement. “We are very excited to have been selected once again by the Marine Corps for a challenging RWS program. We look forward to helping them meet an aggressive delivery schedule and provide Marines with a critical lethality capability.”
The XM914 is the first 30mm remote weapon station to be qualified for JLTV and includes 30mm x113mm driven cannon, a co-axial M240 machine gun, an integration for a Stinger missile launcher and built-in capacity for future C-UAS defeat systems, according to Kongsberg.
The Marine Corps has previously said the MADIS system will be integrated on the heavy guns carrier variant of the JLTVs, built by Oshkosh [OSK], with low-rate initial production expected to begin by FY ‘22 (Defense Daily, April 8).
In May, BAE Systems said it selected Kongsberg’s Medium Caliber Turret-30mm (MCT-30) for the turreted variant of the Marine Corps’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV), with an initial deal in place covering delivery of 150 turrets (Defense Daily, May 13).