EOS trains to build defence capabilities


EOS Defence Systems personnel have completed two weeks training on the operation and maintenance of the Northrop Grumman Mk44S 30mm x 173 cannon.

The cannon is used on a number of Electro Optic Systems products, including the R800 Remote Weapon Station and the T2000 turret.

EOS Defence Systems CEO Grant Sanderson said: “This training is another key part of EOS’ sovereign capability in weapon system design.

“It gives our trainers and maintainers a depth of knowledge critical to the overall operation of our systems.”

EOS has emerged as a major defence exporter, with its Remote Weapon Stations mounting multiple weapons from multiple global manufacturers.

The RWS system allows soldiers to fire weapons from inside the safety of their vehicle.

The Mk44S Bushmaster Chain Gun is an auto-cannon used by 19 nations and 34 users, including the United States, the UK, Singapore and South Korea.

EOS Instructor and former Regimental Artificer Sergeant Major of 2nd Cavalry Regiment and Armourer, Paul Gibbs said, “The Mk44S is basically a bigger version of the M242 25mm cannon that equips the Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV).

“It is easy to maintain and reliable to operate, and would build on existing training and maintenance systems and expertise if selected by the Australian Army.”

Sanderson said EOS was a large customer of Northrop Grumman, and had delivered over 700 of the company’s cannons to its customers in recent years.

Picture: Electro Optic Systems/Al Jasoor Rabdan 8×8 wheeled infantry fighting vehicle with an EOS R800S heavy duty remote weapon station mounting a Mk44S cannon, a M240 GPMG and a Javelin ATM missile launcher.

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