Defence Minister Linda Reynolds and Defence Industry Minister Melissa price have confirmed a $94 million contract for NSW-based EOS Systems to supply 251 Remote Weapon Stations to increase the lethality of the ADF’s protected mobility vehicles.
Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said this investment delivers on the Morrison government’s commitment to accelerate capability initiatives that stimulate the economy and support Australians.
“EOS will introduce a new-generation Remote Weapon Station capability to equip the Bushmaster and Hawkei protected mobility vehicles within a Battle Group,” Minister Reynolds explained.
“This capability will improve targeting, and better protect our ADF personnel while on operations.”
Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price reinforced these comments, saying, this announcement provides stability and continuity for EOS’ local workforce and suppliers.
“The project draws on Australian-owned and developed intellectual property, with more than 80 per cent of the parts sourced through the EOS’ Australian supply chain of more than 140 Australian companies,” Minister Price added.
“This will help to deliver ongoing certainty for the EOS workforce in engineering and support, and certainty for EOS’ national supply chain.”
NSW senator Jim Molan, AO, DSC, who visited the EOS facility earlier this month, commended the expertise of the company and its team of more than 300 employees.
“The Morrison government is committed to maximising opportunities for Australian industry to participate in Defence contracts, where there’s value for money and the highest quality capability can be acquired for our troops,” Senator Molan said.
This work with EOS forms part of the Standardisation of Protected Mobility Vehicles Fleet program within the 2020 Force Structure Plan.
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Delivery of the new capability is expected to occur from December 2020 to December 2021.
EOS is a leading Australian technology company operating in the space and defence markets. Its products incorporate advanced electro-optic applications based on EOS core technologies in software, laser, electronics, optronics, gimbals, telescopes and beam directors, and precision mechanisms.
Formed in 1983, the EOS Group of companies became a publicly-traded company on the Australian Stock Exchange in 2002. In 2005, EOS formed a strategic alliance with Northrop Grumman for the further exploitation of common technologies in the space and military sectors.
EOS operates two research centres in Australia and has significant production facilities in both Australia and the US. The company also has a production support depot in Singapore and offices in Alabama, Arizona, Abu Dhabi and Germany.