EOS spotlights new direct energy, kinetic counter-drone capabilities

DE beam director installed on a standard 20' container. Image supplied.

Electro Optic Systems (EOS) has showcased its new directed energy and kinetic counter-drone capabilities in a demonstration for potential export customers from Europe, the Middle East, North America, and Southeast Asia. 

The demonstration was conducted in a field environment and involved destroying drones with machine guns out to 500 metres and lasers beyond 1,000 metres, with a very high level of accuracy. 

The capabilities were designed and developed in Australia by Australians using an extensive Australian supply chain, according to EOS. 

The company added that its counter-drone systems prove that genuinely sovereign capabilities are capable of meeting the needs of government and national defence, including contemporary and emerging threats, such as those in Ukraine. 

“EOS’ directed energy capability has significant export potential, adding to Australia’s strategic weight and the reputation of Australian defence industry,” said Matt Jones, executive vice president of EOS Defence Systems. 

Furthermore, the directed energy capability showcases EOS’ capabilities in an area of priority for the Defence Advanced Strategic Capability Accelerator and the focus of AUKUS Pillar II on electronic warfare. 

 “I am enormously proud of the achievements of the team at EOS, with testing exceeding expectations on all counter-drone systems,” Jones said. 

“Drones are a threat in military and civilian environments right now. Counter-drone capabilities, like those developed by EOS, are becoming increasingly essential, and will save the lives of our allies, or perhaps our own Defence Force personnel in the future.”

EOS said the capabilities showcased in the recent demonstration received interest from potential customers in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.