Epirus announced today they were awarded $66.1 million from the U.S. Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) in support of the Indirect Fire Protection Capability-High Power Microwave Program.

As part of the collaboration with the RCCTO, Epirus will deliver several prototypes of the Leonidas system with options to acquire additional support services. Epirus plans to deliver and support prototypes of integrated High Power Microwave (HPM) capability. As part of the design of the contract, Epirus will wok with the RCCTO to transition Leonidas into a program of record after successfully demonstrating the prototypes.

“Time and time again, we’ve seen that current air defense systems are ill-equipped to tackle the threat of autonomous drone swarms. This contract with the RCCTO brings new counter-swarm capability to the UAS fight with our cost-effective, modular and upgradable Leonidas systems,” said Ken Bedingfield, Chief Executive Officer, Epirus. “As the threat environment continues to evolve, so, too, will our capabilities, ensuring the U.S. Army is equipped with effective countermeasures to near-term and over-the-horizon electronic threats for decades to come.”

Epirus has previously demonstrated the Leonidas system against a broad range of UAS and electronic systems. They have been able to achieve defeat of drone swarms at multiple U.S. Government-sponsored test events.

Epirus approaches the Counter-UAS challenge with an innovative, software-defined approach to HPM that enables scalable lethality through straightforward software updates. This scalability advances the U.S. Army’s modernization efforts to meet current and future challenges.

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