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EOS showcases advanced C-UAS capabilities at US Army Project Convergence Capstone 4

Huntsville, Alabama-based EOS Defense Systems USA (EOS) demonstrated its Counter-UAS (C-UAS) direct fire capabilities during the US Army’s Project Convergence Capstone 4 (PC-C4) last month at the Army’s National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California. The company is a subsidiary of Canberra-based EOS Defence Systems.

EOS demonstrated the capabilities of an R600 Remote Weapon Station (RWS) equipped with a Northrop Grumman M230LF 30mm cannon, 7.62mm coaxial machine gun and four Javelin missiles on a US Army Small Multipurpose Equipment Transport (S-MET) robotic infantry support vehicle. EOS successfully shot down pairs of Class 1 UAVs (weighing less than 150kg) at ranges of more than 300m and engaged multiple ground targets with 30mm cannon from this robotic platform.

The demonstration at Project Convergence highlighted specific capabilities under controlled conditions. Typically, EOS’s RWS can effectively engage targets at up to 800m with a 7.62mm machine gun and out to 1200m with a 30x113mm cannon.

These capabilities paired with four of the premier anti-armour missiles in the world represent a significant increase in firepower available to light forces on a platform that is currently being fielded. The R600 provides both light- and medium-calibre firepower and the added lethality of multiple anti-tank or anti-air missiles, offering a major differentiating capability and addressing a critical need of US and allied forces, the company says.

Several experienced industry partners contributed to this success. The C-UAS exercise was conducted against Australian company Boresight Aerial Targets’ low-cost UAVs which provided challenging and realistic target sets. The Javelin missile capability is being supported by the Javelin Joint Venture team.

The event was a critical venue for Army senior leaders to assess new technologies needed to ensure the Army’s success in future conflicts as well as inform acquisition and force structure decisions. As human-machine integration continues to be a key strategic priority, the demonstration was an important opportunity to evaluate unmanned and remote solutions which provide essential protections to the warfighter. EOS’ unique and ultra-precise RWS paired with a proven, multi-functional robotic vehicle is a viable and cost-effective solution that can address strategic Army priorities in the C-UAS domain and increased lethality for light forces.

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