Ground Warfare

L3Harris Selects EOS Defense Systems AS-65 Gimbals for VAMPIRE System

L3Harris Unveils Vehicle-Agnostic Modular Palletized ISR Rocket Equipment (VAMPIRE)
L3Harris Unveils Vehicle-Agnostic Modular Palletized ISR Rocket Equipment (VAMPIRE)

EOS Defense Systems USA, Inc. is proud to announce that the company has been selected to provide the EOS AS-65 gimbal, developed for their R150 Remote Weapon Station (RWS), as the positioning component for the L3Harris Vehicle Agnostic Modular Palletized ISR Rocket Equipment — or VAMPIRE™. The VAMPIRE system is a rapid weapon deployment solution that gives ground forces the ability to quickly and accurately engage targets. L3Harris received a contract from the Department of Defense to deliver 14 of their VAMPIRE™ multi-purpose weapons systems to enhance Ukrainian defense capability and allow their ground forces to shoot down enemy drones and defend against adversary ground threats. The VAMPIRE’s mission management system integrates an advanced WESCAM MX-10 RSTA targeting sensor with its weapons station, allowing an operator to quickly and accurately engage targets.

Grant Sanderson, Senior VP of Defence International at EOS Defence Systems Pty Limited states that “It is marketing’s intention to have EOSDS USA put onto the Defence social media a statement supporting L3’s leadership and progress on this program, acknowledge our excitement to see the systems deploying and that we are looking forward to future opportunities as part of the Vampire team.”

R150 RWS remote weapon system with M2 0.5 caliber. machine gun
The R150S is the world’s lightest gimbal capable of operating the .50 cal machine gun to the full extent of its capability.

By selecting the EOS AS-65, L3Harris is choosing a very lightweight and most precise RWS gimbal in the industry enabling unmatched accuracy and stabilization. The AS-65 is the smallest gimbal within the EOS weapon station family and is capable of precisely aiming and firing rockets, missiles, and other payloads, supporting ground-to-ground and ground-to-air engagements with a high speed and precision strike capability. For the VAMPIRE™ system, the EOS AS-65 is coupled with the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) in a 4-pack launcher configuration providing long range accuracy to destroy up to Group 3 UAS threats at a wide variety of speeds, ranges and altitudes. The 2.75-inch (70mm) diameter laser guided rocket is effective at tracking and killing targets using advanced seeker optics and four guidance wings that are deployed after firing.

EOS will perform integration and support operations for the AS-65 system from its U.S. headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama. EOS is proud to be supporting L3Harris in this endeavor. The EOS AS-65 gimbal joins more than 40 EOS R400 remote weapon stations, fitted to Bushmaster armored vehicles delivered to Ukraine, as part of the Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to the defense of Ukraine. EOS has experienced an increase in global sales this year. In April, they announced two conditional contracts with Ukraine, totaling US$121 million, to provide up to 150 RWS units and related components. In June, they secured another EUR32 million contract to supply RWS units, including spares, training, and related services, to a Western European government. EOS will leverage its extensive support network and supply chain to fulfil the contracts.

L3Harris Unveils Vehicle-Agnostic Modular Palletized ISR Rocket Equipment (VAMPIRE)
L3Harris Unveils Vehicle-Agnostic Modular Palletized ISR Rocket Equipment (VAMPIRE)

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