Defence, space and communications manufacturer Electro Optic Systems has celebrated the production of its first R400 remote weapon station (RWS) (pictured) at its facility at Huntsville, Alabama.
EOS Defense Systems USA unveiled a R400S-Mk2-D-HD mounted on the Polaris DAGOR and produced at Huntsville, which has been operating since 2018, before a live and virtual VIP audience.
Mounted on the roof of armoured vehicles, the RWS can be operated from inside the safety of the vehicle, firing machine guns, canon and rockets at targets.
The gala kicked off with a message from Washington-based Australian Ambassador, Arthur Sinodinus and US dignitaries including Governor Kay Ivey, Governor of the State of Alabama.
Governor Ivey said: “Huntsville continues to demonstrate that Alabama is at the forefront of the United States’ aerospace and defense contracting industries.
“The unveiling of EOS Defense Systems’ R400 Remote Weapons System is symbolic of the commitment they made in calling Alabama their home just two years ago, and I am eager to see what the future holds for this world-class contracting firm in our great state.”
EOS founder and EOS Group CEO Dr. Ben Greene said the city of Huntsville was chosen as a dynamic center of excellence for all of the US Defense and Space agencies that are key customers of the EOS Group.
“The State, Region and City are fully committed to supporting high technology business and our relationship with each of these civic elements has been excellent right from the start.
“World-class standards and already proven process have been replicated through many hours of collaboration between US and Australian teams, even throughout the most difficult COVID-19 times, which has been commendable.”
Huntsville is a hub to support EOS’ space and communications activities, for the manufacturing of satcom-on-the move and for the development of space systems technology for US government agencies.
EOS employs 58 at its 80,000 square feet facility and production will initially be 50 units/month with substantial scope for expansion once the supply chain is fully established.
The first RWS will be delivered to the US Army to support the United States Army Combat Capabilities Development Command – Armaments Center (CCDC-AC) Joint Center of Excellence for Lethality at Picatinny Arsenal.
Picture: EOS Defence USA
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