In an announcement made by the Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne, the Army's Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles will receive an update to their weapons systems.
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Minister Pyne said the upgrade will include a new, Australian-designed stabilisation system that improves accuracy when firing from a Bushmaster.
It follows on from the already successfully completed upgrade to 45 protected weapon systems (PWS).
“This contract with Thales Australia is valued around $11.2 million and will see the upgrade of an additional 40 PWS,” Minister Pyne said.
The PWS comprises an upgraded remote weapon station designed by Australian company Electro Optic Systems and a vehicle integration kit designed by Thales Australia.
“The work will be undertaken by the experienced workforce at Thales Australia's support facility in Brisbane, supporting three jobs and the Electro Optic Systems facility in Queanbeyan, supporting 50 jobs," Minister Pyne said.
“The PWS is a fully integrated remote weapon and battlefield surveillance capability that has been used by Australian soldiers on operations since 2008.
“This contract is another example of Australian industry improving capability and the safety of our soldiers.”