Epirus announced the introduction of Leonidas Pod, a solid-state, multiple shot high-power microwave (HPM) system and the latest addition to the company’s suite of advanced electronic warfare (EW) solutions.
Epirus’ Leonidas family of products utilizes software-defined HPM technology to unlock electronic warfare capabilities. Leonidas ground-based systems allow for defensive 360-degree forward operating base protection from incoming threats. The newly introduced Leonidas Pod enables a range of mission capabilities and, with multiple mount options to maximize portability, can advance directly to the threat environment. With Leonidas deployed alongside a drone-mounted Leonidas Pod, the systems work in unison to achieve greater power and range and create a layered defense forcefield.
Epirus says its Leonidas systems are not constrained by magazine depth or capacity and offer a cost-effective solution to countering electronic threats as compared to kinetic approaches, which can cost millions for a single munition. Epirus HPM achieves rapid firing on any target with near-instant effects, without reloading or overheating, the company says. Both Leonidas and Leonidas Pod are interoperable by design and their scalability allows for seamless compatibility with partner systems in support of a fully integrated counter-electronics kill chain.
Leonidas Pod features a unique form factor – marked by its unprecedented size and portability – and is able to power up and down in minutes, not hours, to rapidly respond to evolving threat environments. In addition, the system’s extended battery life allows users to take Leonidas Pod directly to the threat area, no matter the domain, and safely return to base. When drone-mounted, for example, Leonidas Pod’s standby mode allows operators the flexibility to activate the system only when needed and further extend battery life.