Elbit Systems and Australia’s EOS Defence Systems launched their co-developed T2000 modular medium-caliber in February 2019. According to a report by Jane’s, the companies are set to conduct initial live-fire trials of the prototype T2000 turret in the fourth quarter of 2019.
The T2000 combines the structure and electric drive hardware of the Elbit MT30 MK2 30 mm unmanned weapon station with the fire control system (FCS), sensors, and user interface from the EOS Remote Weapon Station (RWS) range. The turret’s modular architecture was designed to be integrated onto any tracked or wheeled fighting vehicle chassis.
Baseline T2000 lethality options include a 25 mm to 50 mm main gun (Bushmaster M242 25 mm, Bushmaster Mk44 30/40 mm, Rheinmetall Mk-30/2 ABM 30 mm, Bushmaster Mk3 35/50 mm); up to two 7.62 mm co-axial machine guns (MAG 58 7.62 mm or Bushmaster Mk 52 7.62 mm Chain Gun); an integrated, shock-isolated pop-up launcher to accommodate either two Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Spike LR2 or two Raytheon Missile Systems FGM-148 anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs); and an EOS R400S Mk2 HD RWS with armament options including a 7.62 mm MG, a 40 mm automatic grenade launcher or M230LF 30 mm lightweight cannon. EOS is also proposing its R150 (5.56-12.7 mm MG) as an alternative RWS option.
“Elbit Systems has been using EOS weapon stations since 2013 to demonstrate its weapon-integrated Battle Management System (WinBMS) product in Australia, and so the integration of the EOS FCS and sensors with Elbit Battle Management hardware and software solutions was completed some time ago,” said Grant Sanderson, CEO of EOS Defence Systems.