Monday, September 23, 2019

USMC testing EOS R400S Mk2 for legacy AAVs.

R400S-Mk2-D-HD XM914 firing on a Pratt and Miller Expeditionary MAV from EOS - Electro Optic Systems on Vimeo.

The Army is testing a high-tech dual remote weapons station that can be operated from inside a vehicle -- a capability Marine officials are eyeing for their aging fleet of Assault Amphibious Vehicles.

Last month, soldiers at Fort Sill in Oklahoma tested the R400S Mk2 dual remote weapon system. The R400S Mk 2, which is produced by EOS Defense Systems USA, Inc., can operate a variety of weapons including a machine gun, automatic grenade launcher, 30mm cannon or Javelin missile. It weighs less than 1,000 pounds and can "provide significant and flexible lethality from a land or sea platform," according to company officials.

The system, which can be used from the back of a vehicle or another remote location, uses high-tech sensors that allow soldiers and Marines identity targets more than 7 miles away.

"You can identify your target at a distance further than the effective range of the weapons systems," Steve Below, vice president of operations with EOS Defense Systems USA, told at the Modern Day Marine expo here.
I talked to the guys at EOS and the chest thumping was real...the confidence high.  They believe they have a winner and I believe them.

Over and over again they talked about only two things.

Hyper accuracy of the system.

Identification/engagement range.

For better or worse the AAV will be with us for awhile longer.  I can live with that.  What I can't live with is the lack of lethality that its age has brought with it.  This system can make up for that shortcoming in a BIG way.

Personally I'm thrilled.

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