Electro Optic Systems (EOS) has been awarded a $94 million contract to supply 251 Remote Weapon Stations to increase the lethality of the Australian Army’s Bushmaster and Hawkei protected mobility vehicles.
The Remote Weapon Stations (RWS) will allow the gunner to operate the weaponized system from inside the vehicle in a protected position. The procurement is part of the $270 billion capability upgrade for the Australian Defence Force (ADF), under the new 2020 Force Structure Plan.
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 said. “This capability will improve targeting, and better protect our ADF personnel while on operations.”
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said 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 said. “This will help to deliver ongoing certainty for the EOS workforce in engineering and support, and certainty for EOS’ 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.
“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 (PMV) Fleet program within the 2020 Force Structure Plan. Delivery of the new capability is expected to occur from December 2020 to December 2021.