Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) and Rheinmetall Landsysteme have jointly awarded a contract, worth £180 million (€208 million), to Thales UK to supply the PROTECTOR RS4 remote weapon station (RWS) and the ACUSONIC shot detection system for the British Army’s BOXER fleet.

Thales UK, as a strategic partner to OEM Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace, will fully assemble and integrate 500 RWS and deliver 500 ACUSONIC systems over the next 10 years, as part of the Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) programme.

The MIV programme aims to support and enhance the UK supply chain.  As such, RBSL and Rheinmetall Landsysteme are part of an MIV Joint Procurement Team, which has engaged suppliers nationwide and has begun awarding a series of supplier contracts for the programme. 

The PROTECTOR RS4 incorporates a range of new sensor technologies, offering a 360˚ observation and engagement capability, as well as armoured protection for the crew. The ACUSONIC system is designed to accurately sense and report the direction of incoming fire: it will give BOXER crews the critical situational awareness to react to threats.

The latest PROTECTOR RS4 remote weapon station. (Photo: Thales)

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