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Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS)

The following definition is from PEO Soldier:

The Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS) provides Soldiers with the ability to acquire and engage targets while inside a vehicle, protected by its armor.

CROWS is designed to mount on a variety of vehicle platforms and supports the MK19 Grenade Machine Gun, .50 Caliber M2 Machine Gun, M240B Machine Gun, and M249 Squad Automatic Weapon.

The CROWS is a three-axis stabilized mount that contains a sensor suite and fire control software, allowing on-the-move target acquisition and first-burst target engagement. Capable of target engagement under day and night conditions, the CROWS sensor suite includes a daytime video camera, thermal camera, and laser rangefinder.

CROWS also features programmable target reference points for multiple locations, programmable sector surveillance scanning, automatic target ballistic lead, automatic target tracking, and programmable no-fire zones.

Potential enhancements include integration of other weapons and counter-sniper sensors.






The Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station first came into use on HMMWV's by US forces in Iraq in March 2005 and was known as RAVEN and was manufactured by RECON Optical. Subsequent systems were manufactured by Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace.

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The CROWS has been mounted on the M1114 and M1151 HMMWV Armament Carriers specifically. Other vehicle platforms will not be covered here.


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