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Czech electro-optical systems developer EVPÚ Defence a.s. has announced that the company was awarded the GOLDEN IDET 2021 for the MANTIS RCWS, its new solutions for up to 12.7 mm calibre machine guns. The GOLDEN IDET is awarded by BVV Trade Fairs Brno, the organiser of the bi-annual IDET defence exhibition in Brno, Czech Republic, for the best exhibits presented at the trade fair. Competition categories cover:

  • military and security equipment
  • military and security communication and information technologies
  • military and security logistics and services
  • training and preparation of military and police professionals.

MANTIS is a compact RCWS designed for machine guns up to 12.7 mm calibre. It is primarily intended for installation on armoured vehicles but, according to the company, its light weight and robust stabilisation allow installation on a variety of platforms including naval vessels. MANTIS enables 24/7 target detection, high precision firing and perimeter protection through the use of its electro-optical container with a full HD day camera, HD thermal imager, laser rangefinder and an optional aiming camera, the company says emphasising the system’s stabilised design with four (2+2) axes in azimuth and elevation as the probably most significant element of innovation.