WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The installation of Naval Remote Weapons Stations (NRWS) on 58 Canadian warships under a new contract awarded by the Canadian Navy will better protect crews from enemy fire, the Raytheon Company said in a news release on Friday.
"Remote operations enhance crew safety by eliminating the need to have operators on the deck of the ship during close-range engagements," the release said.
A NRWS typically consists of an artillery piece mounted on a ship’s surface. Like an airborne drone, the operator controls the weapon from a sheltered position.
"This integrated and innovative technology will provide effective weapon operations for the Royal Canadian Navy operating in high-threat littoral areas," Raytheon Canada Limited board of directors member Todd Probert stated.
Raytheon did not disclose the amount of the contract.