Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne has announced the global launch of the T2000, EOS’ new turret for armoured vehicles.
The turret is result of the collaboration between EOS and Elbit Systems and adds a next-generation, medium calibre turret to EOS’ offering of weapon systems.
The T2000 was designed in mind to meet a "rapidly emerging global market worth more than $4 billion."
"This latest development and successful collaboration is an example of Australia's growing defence industry capabilities. EOS is a fantastic Australian success story, producing advanced remote weapons systems and sensors for export and use by the ADF and our friends and allies," Minister Pyne said.
EOS highlighted the key advantages the T2000 offers over other available medium calibre turret solutions.
Technology: The T2000 establishes a new technology standard for medium calibre turrets, with advanced features never previously offered collectively in a fully integrated solution:
- Unprecedented firepower with 30-40mm high performance cannon, 30mm lightweight cannon, and up to two 7.62mm GPMG;
- 21st century situational awareness, including see-through armour, laser warning and 360-degree radar;
- Integrated active protection;
- Anti-tank guided missile fully integrated and protected;
- UAS (unmanned aerial system) management port for UAS deployment and operation, as well as counter-UAS systems;
- Embedded training and crew procedural simulation; and
- Manned version, or unmanned version with no hull penetration.
Logistics: Commonality of sensors, human-machine interfaces (HMI) and software across the EOS family offers significant logistic and maintenance savings where multiple EOS RWS and turrets are in-service.
Software and training: The T2000 uses the EOS common user interface ensuring that any operator already trained on an EOS Remote Weapon System (RWS) can directly transition to the T2000 at a much lower training burden.
For organisations with military vehicle fleets comprising multiple platforms and weapon configurations, this will provide significant cost savings in training, as well as easing the on-going training and annual qualification burdens for all turret or weapon system operators.
"The T2000 has been designed from the ground up as a new platform for supporting a wide range of emerging surveillance, protection and lethality solutions from multiple vendors in a fully integrated environment. The turret uses an industry standard vehicle interface and represents the next generation of capability integration," Dr Ben Greene, group CEO of EOS said.
"EOS will compete with this turret for the requirements of Australia’s allies and partners globally, and over $1 billion of competitive offers have already been submitted in early 2019 for award from 2020. EOS will manufacture the turret in Australia and its established Australian supply chain will be expanded to meet turret demand," Greene added.