Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 29 September 2020

Abu Dhabi-based EOS to invest Dh200m in defence technologies

Australian defence company is targeting ‘promising markets’ in region with R&D projects as part of $1bn global investments

A Javelin being fired from EOS’ remote weapons system. Image courtesy of EOS. 
A Javelin being fired from EOS’ remote weapons system. Image courtesy of EOS. 

Abu Dhabi-based EOS Advanced Technologies is planning to invest Dh200 million to research next generation defense systems for the Mena region in 2021.

The company’s plan is part of a wider $1 billion (Dh3.67bn) global investment, EOS said in an emailed statement on Tuesday.

“We are targeting new promising markets in this region with R&D projects as part of our $1bn global investments in the much-needed state-of-the-art defense technologies,” AbdulRahman Abdullah Al Blooshi, chief executive of EOS Advanced Technologies said.

EOS Advanced Technologies is a subsidiary of Electro Optic Systems, an Australia-based company specialising in the development of remote weapon stations since its establishment in 1993. The parent company operates in the sectors of defence, space and communications.

Recently, EOS successfully fired anti-tank missiles and a 30mm cannon from their R400S-Mk2 remote weapon station (RWS) mounted on a high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV).

The firings, conducted at the Redstone Test Center, Alabama, US, were part of a R&D project involving EOS Defense Systems USA and the Javelin Joint Venture (a partnership of Raytheon Technologies and Lockheed Martin). The team fully integrated the Javelin with EOS’ RWS within 10 months.

“This was an exceptional opportunity to fire one of the most lethal anti-tank missiles in the world in conjunction with a 30mm chain gun to validate that they are completely interoperable," Phil Coker, chief executive of EOS Defense Systems USA, said.

"The ability to effectively counter any maneuver threat on the modern battlefield is a significant advantage to an Army that has to deploy to any fight.”

Updated: June 23, 2020 08:30 PM

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