EOS Defence demonstrates capabilities to US-Saudi officials


Defence contractor Electro Optic Systems has demonstrated its anti-unmanned aerial systems (UAS) capabilities in the recent Red Sands Live Fire Exercise 23.2 in the United States.

Officials from the US and Saudi Arabia conducted the exercise to develop collaboration, enhance their military ties and develop strategies to counter UAS threats.

EOS Defence Systems USA worked with battle management systems developer MARSS in a CUAS Hard Kill Challenge, displaying innovative counter-UAS methods, according to the companies.

EOS CEO Phil Coker said the exercise showed the synergy between advanced battle management systems and precise kinetic kill capabilities.

According to a statement: “The exercise was a sophisticated event, featuring a variety of counter-drone technologies, drone targets, and scenarios based on intricate enemy tactics.

“Among the technologies showcased was MARSS’s NiDAR system, a standout for its innovative approach to UAS defence.”

NiDAR CUAS is a smart air defence system that delivers an automated multi-layer protection shield, including long-range UAS detection, threat classification and tracking.

MARSS’s Business Development Director in Defence Jeff Tipton said: “Our participation allowed us to showcase the NiDAR Command and Control Centre’s effectiveness to key military leaders, including the US CENTCOM Commander and the Chief of General Staff of the Royal Saudi Armed Forces.”

NiDAR’s demonstration highlighted its user interface and its ability to consolidate data from multiple sensors into a single tactical overview.

Tipton said: “MARSS’s AI technologies autonomously identify, categorise, and track threats, reducing operator burden and improving decision-making and response times.”

The NiDAR system was mated with an EOS remote weapon system (RWS, pictured) and gun which engaged UAS threats.

Following the success of Red Sands 23.1 in March 2023, MARSS and EOS have been invited to participate in Red Sands 2024, where they plan to demonstrate their fully networked end-to-end CUAS solutions.

Picture: Electro Optic Systems

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