Electro Optic Systems (EOS) has been awarded a $45 million contract to deliver 82 advanced Remote Weapon Stations for the Australian Army’s Boxer 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles.
Australian Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the signing of the contract brings Army a step closer to having world-class combat reconnaissance capability.
“These cutting edge Remote Weapon Stations will provide a superior self-protection capability for our Boxer 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle crews,” Minister Reynolds said. “The LAND 400 Phase 2 program will not only deliver Australia a brand new, cutting edge capability, but will also ensure we are well placed to work together with industry.”
The 211 new Boxer 8×8 CRVs is being delivered by Rheinmetall Defence Australia under the $5 billion LAND 400 Phase 2 Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability program to replace the Australian Army’s Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV) fleet.
The first 25 vehicles is being assembled in Germany and delivered to Australia as part of technology transfer activities to familiarise Australian workers and suppliers on the specific manufacturing techniques of these vehicles. The remaining vehicles will be assembled at Rheinmetall’s Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) facility in Redbank, near Ipswich, using companies located across Australia. Over the 30-year life of the vehicles, the Australian industry will secure $10.2 billion to acquire and maintain the fleet.
The first Boxer vehicle of the Australian Defence Force was unveiled at a ceremony at Enoggera Barracks in Brisbane earlier this year.