The company has announced a revamp of its management structure, which includes the appointment of an inaugural chief executive to lead local operations.
Matthew Jones has been named as the first CEO of EOS Defence Systems Australia — a subsidiary of Electro Optic Systems — as part of the first phase of a reorganisation and expansion of the company’s local operations.
Jones will be responsible for spearheading the company’s growth in the region, as it looks to establish itself as an Australian prime contractor.
The new appointee joined EOS Defence Systems Australia in May 2020, serving as general manager, land C4I.
His work has included leading the company’s C4 EDGE Australian industry collaboration, and overseeing a product development program for EOS’ new Titanis Counter UAS (C-UAS) system.
Jones is a veteran of the sector, serving for 30 years across military, Defence and defence industry in senior leadership roles, which include senior capability analysis, technical and program management; and working in operational and high security environments.
The incoming CEO holds experience in national security, systems integration, strategy, human resource management, training, and policy development.
Grant Sanderson, CEO of EOS Defence Systems (Global), welcomed Jones’ appointment as a key part of the company’s growth strategy in the region.
“We have big plans for further expansion in Australia, and will make more announcements on new appointments, expanded facilities and new contracts in the new year,” he said.
Jones reflected on the local work opportunities available to the company over the coming years, including its support for Hanwha Defense Australia’s bid for the LAND 400 Phase 3 project.
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“We are delivering a number of projects in Australia at present, and there are many exciting opportunities we are preparing for in this reorganisation,” he said.
“We are keenly awaiting the decision on LAND 400 Phase 3, where we are partnered with Hanwha Defense Australia to provide the T2000 turret.”
The company is offering its T2000 turret for integration on Hanwha’s Redback infantry fighting vehicle (IFV).
The turret leverages the same optics, fire control system and user interface as the R400 remote weapon station (RWS) being delivered to the Australian Defence Force and nine other international customers.
EOS recently tested the T2000 at a private range facility in central NSW, along with its other systems, including the new 30×173 R800 RWS and variants of the R400 RWS firing the M230LF 30×113 cannon.
The tests also involved the firing of a 30mm equipped R400 off the Milrem THeMIS UGV.
“We are positioning for the next phase in EOS’ growth strategy, which includes continued development of the Titanis C-UAS system incorporating directed energy, the C4 EDGE program, and the continued delivery of RWS to the ADF,” Jones added.
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