Epirus, a market leader in the development of direct energy systems and energy management solutions, today announced the introduction of its next generation Leonidas (HPM) high power microwave system. This marks the third Leonida system developed, rigorously tested and operationally validated by the company in less than two years, a clear indication of Epirus’ rapid development capabilities.
“At Epirus, we are introducing transformative innovation at a pace that is out of the realm of the possible in traditional defense companies. With the emphasis we have placed on software-defined systems, each of our Leonidas units continues to be smaller, smarter and more secure than the previous one, “he said. Andy Lowery, Chief Product Officer, Epirus. “Our brand new Leonidas system speaks to the importance Epirus places on customer feedback. We listen to our customers, understand the complex threats they are facing, and are rapidly delivering systems that meet their mission needs. ”
The latest Leonidas system features hardware and software upgrades that align directly with the missions and operational needs of Epirus customers. More horsepower, more than double that of the latest iteration of the system, is a hallmark of the next-generation Leonidas unit. Under Leonidas ‘hood is Epirus’ SmartPower technology platform, a proprietary combination of hardware, software, and artificial intelligence that enables the company’s Leonidas product family to achieve such remarkable power densities, without the heat capacity issues that plague legacy solid-state HPM approaches.
The use of the SmartPower platform coupled with Leonidas’ software-defined capability allows for rapid implementation of system updates without the need for new hardware. This unique approach allows Epirus to continuously improve the system, optimizing its electromagnetic waveforms to achieve positive effects against new long-range targets.
Leonidas’ software-defined skill allows for pinpoint accuracy and assured accuracy. With the addition of a mechanical gimbal to the latest system, this unprecedented accuracy is met by a mobile array that extends the azimuth of protection against incoming threats. The 360-degree gimbal allows for greater coverage and the ability to pursue targets from any direction. The next-generation Leonidas is also mounted on a military-grade trailer and is fully braced and hardened to withstand the rigors and uncertainty of real-world combat environments.
Epirus’ next-generation Leonidas system was shown in action at the U.S. Department of Defense HPM technology demonstration against UAS, hosted last week by the Joint Counter-small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Office (JCO). At the tech demonstration, Leonidas was tested against a variety of UAS targets without prior knowledge of flight plans. Beyond its success against deployed targets, Leonidas’ ease of use, efficiency of setup times, and unprecedented operator safety were in full evidence.
“We are delighted to have once again validated the effectiveness of our technology. Leonidas’ outstanding performance at last week’s JCO technology demonstration is further proof of what we at Epirus have known to be true for years: our revolutionary high-power microwave approach and the counter-electronics capabilities of our systems are second to none. none, ”he added Leigh Madden, managing director, Epirus. “We are combining the scale of the complex challenges our customers face with cutting-edge technology that outperforms our adversaries. We can’t wait to put our technology in the fighter’s hands. “
Epirus is a fast growing technology company that develops direct energy systems defined by solid state software that enable unprecedented counterelectronic effects and energy management solutions to optimize energy efficiency in defense and commercial applications. With a constant emphasis on innovation, we are redefining the future of energy to bring the capabilities of tomorrow to life today. And this is only the beginning. Visit our website to learn more about our innovative approach and cutting-edge product lines.