EOS and RICO set UGV live fire milestone; ADF students test counter-drone RWS

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 stationed at the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Puckapunyal Military Area, approximately 550 kilometres away, successfully engaging targets at distances of 300 and 600 metres.

Following the demonstration, 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.

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 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.

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