Products

The Eclipse Line

The Eclipse line of pneumatic launchers feature the industry’s most advanced variable velocity system

 

In contrast to other launchers that use various other techniques to achieve variable velocity, the Eclipse launchers operate at a constant pressure, making more efficient use of their power source. The system allows the operator to adjust the velocity for each individual shot without the need to raise or lower the pressure or to vent gas away from the projectile. Incorporated with a laser or acoustic range finder, the system becomes automated based on range to target.

 

Other variable velocity weapon systems that have used laser range finders have previously been limited by their high cost of operation due to elaborate gas metering or use of gunpowder. With over ten years of development, the Eclipse launchers are the state of the art in variable velocity weapons.

Launcher Revolver

Launchers

The Eclipse launchers are capable of launching projectiles typically used in other launchers without the need for shell casing, primer or gunpowder charge.

 

This drastically reduces operating costs and the case-less ammunition reduces the overall weight the operator must carry.

Electro-Pneumatic 37/40mm Single Shot Launcher

  • Variable velocity projectile deployment
  • Programmable encrypted air-burst system
  • Laser range finder integrated fire control unit
  • Electronic sight with dynamic targeting reticule
  • 9 axis telemetry and environmental sensors
  • Ammunition identification and ballistic settings
  • Electro-pneumatic metered operation
  • 37mm or 40mm smooth bore or rifled barrels
Electro-Pneumatic 37/40mm Single Shot Launcher
200 Hertz Laser Range Finder
200 Hertz Laser Range Finder
Side-Loading Breech
Rail Mounted OLED Data Display
Rail Mounted OLED Data Display

Electro-Pneumatic Multi-Shot Remote Operated Revolver

  • Remote operation for sentry or UAV mounting
  • 5 round cylinder with ammunition identification
  • Non-linear chamber indexing via encoded gear motor
  • Variable velocity projectile deployment
  • Programmable encrypted air-burst system
  • 9 axis telemetry and environmental sensors
  • Laser range finder integrated fire control unit
  • Electro-pneumatic metered operation
  • 37mm or 40mm smooth bore or rifled barrels
Mounted on amphibious quadcopter
Mounted on amphibious quadcopter
Mounted on remote operated sentry
Mounted on remote operated sentry

Pneumatic Single Shot Side Loader

The base model pneumatic launcher features a manually adjusted variable velocity mechanism and operates solely on compressed air. This model utilizes the same high performance piston valve as the electro-pneumatic launcher but does not have an electronic fire control computer or laser range finder. Future development will allow the launcher to be upgraded with these options.

Pyrotechnic Single-Shot Grenade Launcher

Eclipse has also produced a pyrotechnic launcher utilizing their patent pending breech design. Continued development will include double action, under barrel mounted versions and the addition of their proprietary variable velocity and air-burst systems.

 

These launchers were designed in response to requests from clients for a replacement to currently deployed grenade launcher systems. These launchers solve a number of issues with both ammunition compatibility and unwanted features that are found in similar devices such as the M320 and M203. All low velocity 40mm NATO ammunition will chamber into this design including the Raytheon Pike missiles and other rounds that are too long to fit into the outdated slide-forward breeches such as found on the M203.

White Blast

Ammunition

Eclipse launchers can be chambered to accept only less-lethal rounds in 37mm or to accept both less-lethal and lethal rounds in 40mm NATO.

 

Certain ammunition such as anti-personnel and high explosive rounds require a Class 3 or higher Federal Firearms License or a police or military exemption to possess. Civilians may launch flares, smoke, gas, paintballs, fireworks and other safety rounds without a license.

Blunt Impact Rounds

Industry standard blunt impact rounds from SAGE International can be launched safely and effectively with Eclipse technology without the requirement to load shells with different charges to accommodate different ranges to the intended target.

 

The rounds are spin stabilized in flight, have repeated accuracy, and will incapacitate an individual upon impact with point target accuracy at ranges beyond 100 meters.

 

Shot to shot consistency has been tested to within plus or minus three feet per second.

 

In pyrotechnic launchers, projectiles require specific explosive charges to obtain different velocities. Potentially fatal injury can occur if a projectile is deployed at too close a range for the selected charge or the projectile may be ineffective if too small of a charge is selected.

 

Eclipse launchers reduce this risk by deploying projectiles at the safest velocity for the given range automatically, eliminating the potential for operator error and reducing workload.

Blunt Impact Rounds K01
Blunt Impact Rounds K01
Blunt Impact Rounds K03CS
Blunt Impact Rounds K03CS

Air-Bursting Rounds

Eclipse has developed a programmable, lightweight ammunition for precise deployment of payloads including flash-bangs, irritant powders, parachute flares, and anti-drone rounds.

 

This technology will greatly reduce risks associated with deployment of flash bang and irritant rounds in close proximity to crowds while providing a non-contact, less-lethal deterrent.

 

The system provides both power and programming to the munitions’ fuse. This allows ammunition to be stored and carried in a safe, un-powered state. The programmable fuse module contains a flexible and capable suite of features allowing time and distance based fuse detonation programming(countdown and turn count) with backup impact detonation including safety features such as minimum arming distance, rotation verification, round identification, and encrypted data programming.

Key Specifications

 

  • Function: multi-mode programmable munition fuse
  • Power: Ultra-capacitor storage, inductively or directly charged
  • Charge time: Full charge 120mS
  • Setting: via serial data link to launcher – while in battery
  • Fuse functions: distance, time, impact, combination, safety detonation
  • Active life: up to 45S after firing followed by detonation event
  • Advanced functions: as needed via on-board CPU
  • Size: 31mm diameter x 9.6mm
  • Weight: 12g (without detonator)
Lightweight air-burst round
Programmable Fuze
Non-contact OC powder dispersal round

Barricade Penetrating / Door Breaching

Barricade penetrating rounds are capable of dispersing chemical agents in rooms after penetrating beyond a barrier such as a wall or door. Door breaching rounds allow access by dislodging the deadbolt or hinges off the door or creating an opening large enough for access without excessive risk to the occupants of the room.

Barricade Penetrating BP45CS
Barricade Penetrating BP45CS

Illumination

Illumination rounds include pyrotechnic and electronic payloads. Infrared light or white light can be used to light up a target or signal locations for airdrops and airstrikes.

 

The M583A1 is a low velocity 40mm white star parachute illumination cartridge with 70,000 candle-power.

By T. Anthony Bell, Fort Lee Public Affairs - United States Army, Public Domain
By T. Anthony Bell, Fort Lee Public Affairs - United States Army, Public Domain
Illumination Flare
Illumination Flare

Smoke / Gas

Smoke rounds are typically used for signaling or camouflage. CS, OC and other gas rounds are used for crowd control and cause irritation and swelling to the mucous membranes.

Smoke Rounds
Smoke Rounds
Long Range Smoke K042LRCS
Long Range Smoke K042LRCS

High Explosive (HE)

Standard US Military LV HEDP projectiles can be utilized for anti-material and anti-personnel.

 

This grenade is designed for a 300 – 450m range. Maximum effective range is 400 meters.

Projectiles High Explosive
High Explosive
Grenade
Grenade
Dark Wind

Compressed Air

The compressed air power source provides fast and precise velocity control and accuracy while reducing sound decibel levels and eliminating both a muzzle flash and the risk of igniting flammable environments. These attributes increase both stealth and safety.

 

Compressed air may be obtained from compressors, disposable tanks and refillable tanks.

 

The magazine-unified air option consists of a small disposable tank that provides air within each magazine. This eliminates logistical burdens by negating the need for external air sources that require monitoring and recharging by compressors in the field.

Compressed Air Sources

The compressed air power source provides fast and precise velocity control and accuracy while reducing sound decibel levels and eliminating both the muzzle flash and the risk of igniting flammable environments. These attributes increase both stealth and safety.

 

Compressed air may be stored in disposable or refillable tanks that can be mounted directly on the weapon and utilized as a stock or connected remotely to a larger tank. These tanks can be made of steel, aluminum or carbon fiber with pressures between 3000-6000psi.

 

Refillable sling mounted tanks can be connected to the weapon by a quick connect hose which reduces weight and provides for the use of larger capacity air tanks.

 

Another option is to carry an air tank with a regulator on the operator’s back with or without the addition of a self-contained breathing apparatus. This allows a vastly higher volume of rounds to be fired before recharging of the tank is required as well as the option to provide breathing air to the operator in contaminated or underwater environments.

 

In future magazine fed launchers a small disposable nitrogen tank will provide air within each magazine. This will eliminate logistical burdens by negating the need for external air sources that require monitoring and refilling by compressors in the field.

Tank Mounted in a Pouch
Mounted Pouch

Key Alliances

Eclipse has formed strategic alliances with defense industry leaders to provide parts and materials as well as technology, training, and distribution.