CROWS blog

CROWS to the rescue

A new blog by a Field Service Engineer for Recon/Optical Inc. currently in Iraq installing these systems for the US military. He’s just getting started but there should be some good stuff. CROWS was mentioned here, among other places, on MO.


  1. One of the people who used to work at Aberdeen Test Center on Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, Sgt. John Lowe, was instrumental in testing CROWS and giving the manufacturer feedback from the Soldier’s perspective. After his involvement with the program here, he deployed to Fort Bragg for an operational test of the system and then to Iraq to train MP units who were getting the system there. He eventually volunteered for another mission, and as far as I know, he is somewhere in Iraq today. In my opinion, he is one of the unsung heroes in helping to make CROWS a better weapon, but I’m perhaps prejudiced because I work for Aberdeen Test Center’s parent command – Army Developmental Test Command. M.C.

  2. Hmm, there’s a comment on his blog from someone complaining the CROWS breaks down when it gets hot. I certainly hope not… This seems to be a pretty big problem with new technology overall when taken into a desert environment. It seems most electronics is designed to operate at room temperature happily but I guess the heat sinks or cooling systems, or component operating temperatures, are inadequate for hotter climates. I know there are components which can operate at higher temperatures – look at the variability of CPUs. Some of them can stand to operate up to 120C and beyond, and I doubt it gets hot enough to boil water anywhere humans are going soon :) Perhaps the problem is that heat sinks and fans need to be made bigger in order to allow for a wider range of reliable operating temperatures. Then again, that commenter may not know what he’s talking about.

  3. Random thought: The Army is planning to upgrade the Stryker with a stabilized weapon mount. So will they incorporate CROWS or will they through millions at a defense contractor to reinvent the CROW?

  4. James: Last I heard it was going to be an upgraded RWS, not a CROWS. Seems stupid, but I’m sure there’s a good reason.

  5. I just posted a new post on my Site talking about the temperature issues discussed. Hope that helps shed some light on the comment left on the site. Thanks to everyone who visited, and a special thanks to Murdoc for helping me get my Blog up and going.