Electro Optic Systems (EOS) has launched its Australian made counter-drone system, named the “Slinger”, at its manufacturing facility in Canberra today. Assistant Minister for Defence, the Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP, who officially launched the innovative local technology, said that he continued to be impressed by the world-leading capability of Australia’s defence industry. The Slinger has been designed and developed in Australia specifically for export markets, with a focus on addressing contemporary and emerging threats based on lessons learned in recent conflicts, such as Ukraine.
The Slinger counter-drone system draws inspiration from the historical Slinger soldier, renowned for their precision in launching small stones to defeat enemies from a distance. It incorporates a radar, a 30mm cannon with specialised ammunition, and EOS proprietary stabilisation and pointing technology. Capable of tracking and engaging moving drones beyond 800m, the Slinger is ideal for urban environments due to its unique ammunition. Designed based on lessons from conflict regions like Ukraine, it meets contemporary and emerging threats. It can track and discriminately engage moving drones at a range of more than 800 metres, with unique ammunition making it suitable for use in built-up environments.
Executive Vice President of EOS Defence Systems, Mr Matt Jones said,“EOS was excited to launch the Slinger in response to growing international demand for advanced counter-drone technologies. This is a big day for Australia, the Slinger is a cutting-edge capability that demonstrates Australian innovation can lead the world in response to global security needs. We have applied the hard-won lessons from the battlefields, including Ukraine, to our Slinger system, ensuring it will give real edge to those looking to hit back against the growing threat of drones”.
EOS offers a family of fully stabilised remotely operated weapon stations that can be integrated on various vehicle platforms and used for different mission profiles. EOS Remote Weapon Systems ensure full weapon readiness while the crew operate the system protected within the vehicle. All are designed with a high level of commonality and modularity to offer clients a flexible firepower solution. Featured: EOS Defence Systems’ battle-proven infantry firepower showcased on multiple platforms. Includes footage conducted at the Redstone Test Center, Alabama, of the EOS R400S Mk2 remote weapon system successfully firing Javelin anti-tank missiles in between M230LF Bushmaster gun cannon fire volleys.