Common Dynamics Land Techniques (GDLS) is disclosing further particulars about its new enhanced cellular Quick Vary Air Protection (SHORAD) Stryker Leonidas. In October 2021, GDLS and Epirus, Inc., have a Strategic Teaming Settlement to combine the Leonidas directed power system and broader high-power microwave (HPM) expertise into GDLS-manufactured U.S. Military’s Stryker and different/autonomous floor fight automobiles for enhanced cellular Quick Vary Air Protection (SHORAD) capabilities. Leonidas can disable a single goal in crowded areas and a number of targets throughout a large space corresponding to a navy base, border or vital infrastructure web site.

The Leonidas system will be mounted on prime of the US Military’s GDLS Stryker armoured car. (Picture by Epirus, Inc.)

Leonidas’ integration with Stryker permits a totally cellular counter-electronics resolution and demonstrates the system’s versatile utility programming interface (API) and skill to combine with current ground-based, airborne and maritime programs for operation throughout domains. The system’s open API permits for optimum interoperability to satisfy the mission wants of a number of buyer units. Leonidas delivers unprecedented energy and efficiency in a dramatically smaller kind issue and is the one directed power weapon with a confirmed skill to counter swarming drones and execute precision strikes at vary.


Epirus' Leonidas is a counter-electronics system, which uses high-power microwaves to target enemy drones.
Epirus’ Leonidas is a counter-electronics system, which makes use of high-power microwaves to focus on enemy drones. (Picture by Epirus, Inc.)

Leonidas is a C-UAS electromagnetic pulse system, which supplies static and cellular C-UAS defence capabilities. The design permits for steady upgrades and optimising the system’s electromagnetic waveforms to efficiently counter evolving targets at an extended vary. It’s designed to permit for enhancements in future to realize speedy deployment with out the necessity to add new {hardware}. The C-UAS was constructed with an open system structure and a modular {hardware} design to help integration with prospects’ command-and-control (C2) programs to detect, observe and goal UAS. It incorporates industrial solid-state expertise which reduces its measurement and weight.

GDLS Stryker Leonidas Mobile Short Range Air Defense (SHORAD)
The Leonidas system will be mounted on prime of the US Military’s GDLS Stryker armoured car. (Picture by Epirus, Inc.)

Leonidas can be utilized to concurrently goal and neutralise achieved swarms. It could possibly hit the targets with excessive precision and accuracy. The system delivers excessive efficiency in a really small kind issue. It’s geared up with digitally beamformed antenna, which optimises the quantity of energy used on the goal and protects pleasant forces from extreme energy. Leonidas additionally adheres to programmable no-fly zones to make sure pleasant drones can function safely, whereas hostile UAS are disrupted. The ability amplifiers present deep magazines with speedy fee of fireplace with near-instant results on the goal with out overheating. The system eliminates the necessity to reload.