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Australia's EOS demonstrates C-UAS capabilities

The Slinger, pictured above from the demonstrations, has a maximum ammunition load of 150 rounds. The Slinger's thermal imager has a detection range of more than 13,700 m, a recognition range of more than 5,100 m, and an identification range of more than 4,000 m. (EOS)

Canberra-based Electro Optic Systems (EOS) demonstrated its directed energy and kinetic counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UASs) capabilities in the presence of “potential export customers from Europe, the Middle East, North America, and Southeast Asia”, the company announced on 5 September.

An EOS spokesperson told Janes that it has demonstrated Titanis and Slinger C-UASs in the field environment.

According to a press release by EOS, the demonstration involved destroying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with machine guns out to 500 m and lasers beyond 1,000 m, “with a very high level of accuracy”.

The Titanis C-UAS capability can counter single UAVs within 8 seconds of detection to a range of up to 4,000 m, according to company specifications.

“The Titanis system is designed to defeat not only single UAV threats but also swarm UAV tactics recently observed in operational theatres across the Middle East,” said the specifications.

The system detects the UAVs with an active electronically scanned array (AESA) 4D pulse-Doppler radar and tracks it with infrared and daylight cameras and video tracking software before countering it with a non-kinetic radio frequency (RF) inhibitor, according to EOS.

“If the RF inhibitor is not effective, Titanis switches to hard kill to destroy the UAVs. Titanis is built upon subsystems that can detect all types of UAVs, including fixed wing and quadcopters up to 600 kg.”

Titanis features 35 kW directed-energy system and soft-kill capabilities to provide layered protection against UAS threats, EOS added.

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