New South Wales based company Electro Optic Systems (EOS) has been awarded a $94 million contract to supply 251 remote weapon stations to increase the lethality of the ADF’s protected mobility vehicles.
FILE PHOTO (July 2020): An EOS Mk2 remote weapon station firing at Wide Bay Training Area, Queensland. Photo by Trooper Jonathan Goedhart.
The contract was announced in July and confirmed today.
Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said this investment would deliver a commitment to accelerate capability initiatives that stimulate the economy and support Australian defence industry.
“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 said.
“This capability will improve targeting and better protect ADF personnel on operations.”
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the announcement provided stability and continuity for EOS’s 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’s Australian supply chain of more than 140 Australian companies,” Minister Price said.
“This will help to deliver ongoing certainty for the EOS workforce in engineering and support, and certainty for EOS’s national supply chain.”
Senator Jim Molan, who visited the EOS facility earlier this month, commended the expertise of the company and its team of more than 300 employees.
“[We are] 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.
Delivery of the new capability is expected to occur from December 2020 to December 2021.