The Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS) is a 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. It 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.
The M153 Protector incorporates a high volume ammo can and add-on armor for improved sensor and servo protection. Its eye-safe laser range finder provides extremely accurate range measurements, providing the Protector first round on target capability.