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EOS discloses the development of integrated directed-energy laser weapon system.

| 2021

According to information published on EOS website on November 11, 2021, EOS Defence Systems discloses the development of an integrated directed-energy (DE) laser weapon system variant of its T2000 modular medium caliber turret, designed specifically to address the escalating top attack threat posed to infantry/armored fighting vehicles (IFVs/AFVs) by the proliferation and increasing sophistication of hostile unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and air-launched loitering weapon systems.
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EOS has developed a laser weapon system that can be mounted on combat vehicles. (Picture source EOS)

An internally-funded initiative, the T2000-DE is evolved from the T2000 fully-integrated manned turret system currently in development as the lethality solution for a number of programs, including the Australian Department of Defence (‘Defence’) Land 400 Phase 3 tracked IFV requirement. A recommendation on the preferred tender for that program is scheduled to be presented to the Australian Government for consideration in 2022.

“As we’ve recently seen in Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh and elsewhere, there is a proliferation of weaponized drones/loitering munitions and they are coming in very large numbers in addition to the conventional missile threats”, said Matt Jones, Chief Executive Officer, EOS Defence Systems (Australia). “The DE system not only provides that hard kill effect at closer ranges but also gives you range and capability to blind or degrade C2/ISR threats that you can’t get out of other systems that the turret carries,” he added.

“The T2000-DE is part of a C-UAS (Counter-Unmanned Aerial System)  system which is complemented by the T2000 main armament and remote weapon stations. Our intent is to offer a layered integrated solution that provides area coverage but retains the individual capability to defeat drone threats,” said Grant Sanderson CEO, of EOS Defence Systems (Global).

“For example, a T2000-DE system would be used to provide overhead protection for a Combat Team of vehicles but each of the other vehicles equipped with a T2000 would be able to engage drone and UAS threats as well. I expect if the Combat Team was operating 15 armored vehicles, there would be one T2000-DE equipped platform to offer the protection for the remaining platforms while each of the other vehicles would have a variant of the T2000 that could also engage drones,” he added.

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