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EOS eyes expansion in Europe

EOS eyes expansion in Europe

The Canberra-based firm has signed a teaming agreement with a German defence company in a bid to expand its footprint in Europe.

The Canberra-based firm has signed a teaming agreement with a German defence company in a bid to expand its footprint in Europe.

ASX-listed technology company Electro Optic Systems (EOS) has signed a co-operation agreement with Germany-based firm Diehl Defence GmbH & Co KG.

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The initial objectives of the agreement are to support collaboration on advanced stabilised and remotely operated weapon systems (RWS) for the European and NATO markets.

EOS’ RWS technology is designed to deliver accurate, long-range and wide-area imagery of the battlespace, while simultaneously providing precise target engagement from behind protection.  

Diehl is expected to leverage the technology to offer “best-in-class engagement” of moving drones by direct fire.

As part of the teaming agreement, an RWS production line is to be set up across Diehl’s German facilities to support efficient delivery of the equipment to European forces.

This agreement also includes options for further collaboration between the firms on Space and high power electro-magnetic technologies.

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“This Cooperation Agreement with Diehl aligns companies that not only have complimentary and non-competing cutting- edge technologies but organisational cultures and values that are strongly aligned,” Dr Ben Greene, group CEO of EOS said.  

“EOS is excited by the prospect of being able to offer and support our land and space technologies in conjunction with great German engineering know how for the European and NATO markets.”

Helmut Rauch, board member of the Diehl Foundation and CEO of Diehl Defence, added, “At Diehl we have a tradition of more than a hundred years of moving into new, demanding fields of technology on a proven foundation.

“Strategic partnerships are very important to our owner-managed company. The great technologies of EOS and the extraordinarily well-fitting corporate culture of EOS offer us excellent opportunities to develop a strategic business area – we look forward to it."

EOS’ European push follows its expansion in the US market, with the Canberra-based firm securing an 80,000-square-foot facility in Huntsville, Alabama, in 2018 to support its space, missile defence, and weapon system businesses.

EOS Defence Systems USA celebrated the unveiling of its first complete R400 RWS produced at its Huntsville facility late last year.

[Related: EOS celebrates first R400 RWS production in the US]

Charbel Kadib

Charbel Kadib

News Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres.

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