EOS demonstrates its R800 Remote Weapon Station mounted on AMPV Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle
According to pictures released on the Twitter account of Ronkainen on November 5, 2020, EOS Defense Systems USA has demonstrated its R800 RWS (Remote Weapon Station) mounted on the new AMPV (Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle), a new family of tracked armored vehicles developed by BAE Systems that will replace the old M113 in service with U.S. army.
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EOS R800 RWS Remote Weapon Station mounted on AMPV (Picture source Twitter account Ronkainen)
The R800 is a new generation of remote weapon station designed and developed by the company EOS. The standard configuration of the R800 is armed with one Northrop Grumman Bushmaster Mk44S 30mm automatic cannon, one M240B 7.62mm machine and anti-tank launchers for American-made Javelin re-and-forget anti-tank missile or Spike Israeli anti-rank guided missile.
The R800 has a weight of 800 kg with a traverse of 360° and elevation from +55° to -30°. The turret is optimized for tracked vehicles including a direct-drive sensor unit which minimizes high-frequency road and vehicle vibration from degrading the operator video image. The turret is equipped with different types of sensors including day camera, thermal camera and eye safe laser range finder.
The Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) is the replacement for the M113 Family of Vehicles (FoV) within the Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT), comprising approximately 30 percent of its tracked vehicle fleet. The Army and BAE Systems are currently in low-rate production of the five AMPV variants. The variants include a general-purpose vehicle for troop transport, along with mission command, mortar carrier, medical evacuation and medical treatment versions.
The General Purpose variant accommodates two crew, six passengers, is reconfigurable to carry one litter, mount crew-served weapon, integrates two Joint Tactical Radio System Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit (HMS) or two Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS), Vehicle Intercom (VIC)-3, Driver’s Vision Enhancer (DVE), Duke v3, and Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2)/Blue Force Tracker (BFT).
The Mortar Carrier variant accommodates two crew, two mortar crew, a mounted 120 mm mortar, 69 rounds of 120 mm ammunition, two HMS radios, a SINCGARS radio, VIC-3, DVE, Duke v3, FBCB2/BFT and M95 Mortar Fire Control System.
The Mission Command variant is the cornerstone of the Army’s ABCT Network Modernization Strategy. It takes advantage of increased size, weight, power and cooling limitations and provides a significant increase in command, control, communications and computer capability. The variant accommodates a driver and commander and two workstation operators, and its red side network provides full Tactical Command Post capabilities at brigade and battalion levels.
The Medical Evacuation variant includes room for three crew, six ambulatory patients or four litter patients or three ambulatory and two litter patients, two integrated HMS radios, VIC-3, DVE, Duke v3, FBCB2/BFT and the storage for Medical Equipment Sets.
The Medical Treatment variant includes room for four crew, one litter patient and a patient treatment table.