Australian company Electro Optic Systems (EOS) has officially launched an entry-level remote weapon station (RWS), which it says is half the weight of any other RWS mounting a 7.62 mm-calibre machine gun.
Complete with gun but no ammunition, the R150 RWS weighs 75 kg. It can alternatively mount either a 5.56 mm or a 12.7 mm calibre machine gun in unstabilised or low-end stabilised dual-axis configurations.
Developed over six years with some government backing, the R150 recently completed trials, which included weapon firings, on Australian Army Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles, and Hawkei light-protected vehicles.
EOS says the system – which can accommodate 650 5.56 × 45 rounds, 500 7.62 × 51, or 200 .50 Browning (12.7 × 99) rounds – is suitable for both wheeled and tracked vehicles.
The sensor unit is scalable for day/night fighting and includes an eye-safe laser range finder. The EOS group’s chief executive, Ben Greene, told Jane’s during the Land Forces 2018 defence exhibition in Adelaide, Australia, that production would begin at EOS’s Canberra facility before the end of 2018, and that significant international interest has already been shown in the system.
During the launch ceremony, Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne confirmed that EOS has been selected to supply a different RWS in support of Project Land 400 Phase 2 for which 211 8×8 Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicles (CRV) have been ordered from German manufacturer Rheinmetall.
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