Electro Optic Systems (EOS) has secured a contract to deliver remote weapon stations for the Australian Defence Force (ADF)’s protected mobility vehicle fleet.
Under the A$94m ($66.78m) contract, EOS will supply 251 remote weapon stations for the Bushmaster and Hawkei protected mobility vehicles within a Battle Group.
The addition will help in improving targeting capabilities, as well as increase the safety of ADF personnel.
Australian Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said that the contract award will also help in ensuring the stability of New South Wales (NSW) based firm EOS’ local workforce and suppliers as the federal government is pursuing initiatives to enhance the Covid-19 affected economy.
Price said: “The project draws on Australian-owned and developed intellectual property, with more than 80% of the parts sourced through the EOS’ Australian supply chain of more than 140 Australian companies.
“This will help to deliver ongoing certainty for the EOS workforce in engineering and support, and certainty for EOS’ national supply chain.”
Contract work is part of the Standardisation of Protected Mobility Vehicles Fleet programme within the 2020 Force Structure Plan.
Deliveries are slated from December this year to December 2021.
Earlier this month, another NSW-based company InVeris Training Solutions secured a contract to deliver digitised Mobile Weapons Training Simulation System (MWTSS).
The system will help Australian Defence personnel using the EF-88 assault rifle and other weapon systems to hone their skills.
Additionally, the federal government announced an investment of A$1bn ($720m) to boost the local defence industry.