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Sunday, 23 May 2004 16:14
International ballistics company Metal Storm Limited has demonstrated the live firing of its electronic ballistics system from a robotic ground vehicle to key defense personnel in the US.

Metal Storm Conducts Demonstration of Robot-Mounted Weapon System in U.S.   (Business Wire May 20, 2004)

International ballistics company Metal Storm Limited has demonstrated the live firing of its electronic ballistics system from a robotic ground vehicle to key defense personnel in the US.
The demonstration included the remotely controlled firing of stacked pyrotechnic and inert 40mm rounds from a four-barrel pod with recoiling system mounted o­n a "Talon" robot manufactured by Foster-Miller Inc. (Foster-Miller) and supplied and operated by the US Army's Picatinny Arsenal facility.
Metal Storm personnel worked closely with US Department of Defense representatives o­n the Warren Grove Gunnery Range in New Jersey, USA to conduct the demonstrations which were attended by defense personnel including the US Army Research Development Engineering Command (ARDEC), and a number of industry representatives including several from Telecordia - an associate company of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and General Dynamics Corporation.
Metal Storm's Director of Scientific Innovation, Mr. Mike O'Dwyer said the firing represented a significant demonstration of the capability and versatility of the generic Metal Storm 40mm Ballistics System, combining it with an important piece of existing military equipment with potential to greatly enhance its operational capability.
"Our electronic ballistics system has no mechanical parts and provides a lightweight, compact weapon which carries a payload of 16 shots, 10 more than the existing alternative. The system is capable of variable rates of fire, selected and fired by remote control. We intend to undertake further development of the Metal Storm system with a view to increasing the payload to 48 shots" said Mr. O'Dwyer.
"The Metal Storm robotic weapon system can punch above its weight, offering real potential for robotic vehicles to undertake more offensive roles o­n operations."
"Because the system is able to deliver a payload disproportionate to its size and weight, it is potentially suitable for a range of different applications that could significantly increase the operational capability for field commanders," said Mr. O'Dwyer.
The Talon robot has been developed by Foster-Miller to operate in rugged terrain up to 1.6 kilometres from its base, and is currently in service in Afghanistan and Iraq.
It is an all-weather, all-terrain, tracked robot with a day/night capability, and can be configured for many different types of missions. It provides a potential first strike option that does not risk soldiers' lives.
Foster-Miller Inc. President Dr. William Ribich said the versatility and capability of the Metal Storm weapon system are highly impressive.
"The combination of Metal Storm and Foster-Miller technologies provides significant potential to deliver new robotic capabilities that meet our military customers' complex requirements," Dr Ribich said.
"We anticipate that further development would allow the Talon/Metal Storm system to provide intense firepower at various ranges, using either lethal or less-than-lethal munitions.
"This capability would make it ideal for tasks such as access denial, facility protection and crowd control missions," he said.
Video clips of the Metal Storm / Talon demonstration will shortly be available for viewing o­n the Metal Storm website: www.metalstorm.com
Last Updated on Sunday, 23 May 2004 16:14
 

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