Canberra-based EOS Systems has secured two contracts totalling $4.25 million for the supply of R400 Remote Weapon Systems to a European NATO country.
A number of these systems are optimised for integration onto remotely operated combat vehicles (ROCVs) and include the remote control units to operate the systems. Both contracts will be delivered this calendar year.
The R400S-Mk2-D-HD is capable of mounting weapons in single and dual configurations from 5.56mm to 12.7mm calibre as well 40mm automatic grenade launchers, 30mm lightweight cannons and anti-tank guided missiles.
The EOS R400S-Mk1 remote weapon station entered ADF service in 2007 and has been in continuous operational service in Iraq and Afghanistan on the Army’s Bushmaster Protected Mobility vehicles for the last 12 years.
The R400S-Mk1 RWS had previously been developed for Phase 1 of the US Army’s Common Remotely Operated Weapons Station Program (CROWS 1) and from 2004 it was deployed on a range of platforms including the M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank for operations in Iraq.
EOS RWS products are well suited to the emerging market for ROCVs because of their market-leading accuracy, reliability and light weight. The company is participating in a number of tender opportunities for ROCV capabilities across multiple countries with a sales pipeline in excess of $1 billion. Major awards are possible in the next 12 months.
EOS has continued to evolve and develop the R400 family with a focus on improving the systems engagement precision, power management, stabilisation and sensor performance. This effort has now produced the R400S-Mk2 Direct drive Heavy Duty version (R400Mk2 D-HD) series of medium remote weapon stations, which are now in service with five international customers.
The R400S-Mk2-D-HD is available in a number of forms including a marinised version, a dual weapon version supporting a lightweight 30mm cannon with coaxial machine gun and ATGM and a fourth axis of motion option on the sensor unit to allow for optimised engagement performance against high-speed transients such as small UAVs.
The R400 Mk2s being acquired by the ADF have been integrated with common architectures like the Australian Generic Vehicle Architecture, the Thales ICS and US Army robotic vehicle control systems. It can also be cued by a battlefield management system, such as the Australian BMSC2, and associated cuing sensors such as radars for counter-UAS missions or shot detection systems.