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EOS and Australian Army Set Uncrewed M113 APC Live Fire Milestone

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EOS and Australian Army Set Uncrewed M113 APC Live Fire Milestone

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EOS and Australian Army Set Uncrewed M113 APC Live Fire Milestone
EOS and Australian Army Set Uncrewed M113 APC Live Fire Milestone

Electro Optic Systems (EOS) and the Robotic and Autonomous Systems Implementation & Coordination Office (RICO) have reached a significant milestone in their collaboration, demonstrating the advanced long-range firing capabilities and precision of EOS’ R400 remote weapon system (RWS). From EOS’ high-tech facility in Canberra, the team remotely controlled the RWS integrated on a modified M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) stationed at the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Puckapunyal Military Area, approximately 550 kilometres away, successfully engaging targets at distances of 300 and 600 metres.

EOS conducted a qualification training session for five ADF students at Puckapunyal, where they remotely operated the RWS. The session concluded with a live-fire counter-drone demonstration, with two students successfully engaging both stationary and moving drone targets at distances of up to 500 metres. The achievements of this exercise represent a significant leap forward in military technology, offering enhanced precision, safety, and operational versatility. As EOS and RICO continue to push the boundaries of UGV and RWS capabilities, their contributions are set to play a crucial role in shaping the future of military operations and strategy.

An Australian Army M113AS4 armoured logistics vehicle, fitted with optionally crewed combat vehicle technology and a remote weapon station, fires from a support-by-fire position during a human-machine team exercise at Puckapunyal Military Area.
An Australian Army M113AS4 armoured logistics vehicle, fitted with optionally crewed combat vehicle technology and a remote weapon station, fires from a support-by-fire position during a human-machine team exercise at Puckapunyal Military Area.(Commonwealth of Australia)

Ian Cook, Executive Vice President for EOS Defence Systems, stated, “The success of this live-fire counter-drone exercise at Puckapunyal is a testament to the dedication and expertise of ADF and EOS personnel and their commitment to advancing military capabilities. It also highlights the importance of continuous innovation and training in modern warfare.”

The R400 outperforms its competitors in the market with exceptional accuracy and reliability. With its significantly lower weight and a 30 mm × 113 mm calibre, it ensures exceptional accuracy and reliability, granting lighter vehicles access to firepower typically reserved for heavier platforms. Integration is seamless for the R400, maintaining payload capacity, mobility, and usability. The R400 offers flexibility with both single and dual weapon configurations. As a single remote weapon system weighing less than 400 kg, it provides a high-precision weapon platform with the firepower of a 30 mm cannon. The R400 also supports other weapons, such as machine guns, automatic grenade launchers, and anti-tank guided missiles.

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