EOS launches its naval remote weapon station

Australian indigenous prime defence contractor Electro Optic Systems (EOS) has marked the official Australian launch of its R400 Marine (R400-M) remote weapon station (RWS) at an unveiling held at the Indo Pacific 2022 International Maritime Exposition.

The marine RWS is a stabilised version of the company’s RWS which has sold to numerous defence customers in Australia and overseas.

The maritime version with a 3omm cannon armament is already in production for a major overseas customer, with 15 units produced at the company’s Canberra factory and another 15 on the way.

EOS systems has a heritage in astronomical telescopes and their pointing accuracy allows the company to claim first-shot lethality, in the case of the maritime system out to two kilometres.

The federal government also announced its plan to supply the R400-M remote weapon station as Government Furnished Equipment for the Army’s Land 8710-1 Littoral Manoeuvre Vessel – Medium capability.

CEO of EOS Defence Systems (Australia) Matt Jones said: “The R400-M, the latest version of the operationally proven R400 RWS family, offers customers the firepower and specialist ammunition natures possible for weapons up to and including 30 mm cannon, but in the weight and form factor of competitors’ machine gun systems.

“We are proud that the R400-M has been selected for Land 8710-1.”

The system is equally effective at countering drone threats and more conventional maritime adversaries.

EOS’ family of RWS has long provided customers with ‘many advantages including superior range, accuracy and firepower according to Jones.

EOS also displayed its new directed energy (DE) laser-based anti drone weapon for the first time.

Picture: Electro Optic Systems/R400-M remote weapon station

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