2010: The PROTECTOR RWS product and its Productification, Pål Andersen

Speaker:  Pål Andersen, KPS

Presentation: Pål Andersen-PROTECTOR at KSEE 2010

Topics to be covered:  The Company, The Product, The Challenges, The path forward

Kongsberg Protech Systems, A Business Area of Kongsberg Gruppen, 2009 revenue of 4 123 MNOK, and EBITA of 442 MNOK,  568 employees (31/12-2009), Revenue 7.3 MNOK/employee

Offices/factories in: Kongsberg (Norway), Johnstown, Pennsylvania (USA), Alexandria Virginia (USA), Mt Arlington, New Jersey (USA), London, Ontario (Canada), License production at Thales UK (Scotland)

Why a Remote Weapon Station? The ”Problem” and the ”Answer”


Pål Andersen is Director Product Development, Kongsberg Protech Systems

Pål holds a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Materials & Processes) from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (now NTNU). He graduated in 1990.

After performing his military services in the Norwegian Navy Material Command, he started his professional work in Norsk Forsvarsteknologi, NFT (predecessor of Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, KDA). His tasks in NFT/KDA were mainly design and management of activities related to the Navel Strike Missile, space components and defence related products. He also managed a 3 year internal improvement program (Integrated Product Realization) which focused on implementation of Concurrent Engineering, lean processes and installation of computer tools such as Product Data Management.

In 1998 he started working as Pre-sales in SAP,  a world leading SW company where his main tasks were to support Account managers with sales based on his experience with project management, engineering management etc. In addition to applications for Project Management, PDM and Sales, he was involved in internet applications like e-procurement, portals.

In 2002 he returned to Kongsberg Protech a subsidiary of Kongsberg Gruppen working with Remote Weapon Stations. Since then he has held various positions in the program and development department. Pål has been central in the development and sales of the world-leading product PROTECTOR Remote Weapon Station.