December 30, 2009 / 7:49 AM / 10 years ago

RPT-UPDATE 1-Kongsberg gets US Army deal worth up to $820 mln

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WASHINGTON, Dec 29 (Reuters) - Kongsberg Gruppen (KOG.OL) of Norway has won a U.S. Army contract add-on worth up to $820 million for remotely operated weapons stations, the U.S. Defense Department said Tuesday.

The deal covers an additional 3,849 “common remotely operated weapons stations”, or CROWS, bringing the total to be supplied to 10,349 from 6,500 under the original 2007 contract, the Pentagon’s daily contract digest said.

“The total estimated amount of the additional CROWS is $820 million,” the announcement said. It said the existing contract was modified in accordance with rules governing matters of “usual and compelling urgency.”

The first part of the contract plus-up is worth $162.2 million, the Pentagon said.

Work is to be performed in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 1, 2012, it said.

Reporting by Jim Wolf; editing by Bernard Orr

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