Electro Optic Systems has been selected as the remote weapon system provider for Land 400 Phase 2, placing the company in pole position for Phase 3.
EOS tendered the R400S Mark 2 D-HD remote weapon station for the Boxer acquisition, which can mount different weapons up to and including the M230LF lightweight 30mm cannon and anti-tank guided missiles. This latest R400 variant is currently undergoing full rate production to meet existing contracts in early 2019.
EOS expects approximately 80 remote weapon stations for Land 400 Phase 2 to enter an existing manufacturing process from 2021.
Additionally, the Land 400 Phase 3 tender released last week (the M113 Infantry Fighting Vehicle replacement) requires that all tenderers ‘include the integration of’ the EOS Remote Weapon Station in their responses.
In a statement, EOS said that these two events represent a significant step forward for the company as the primary RWS provider to the Australian Army.
"Combined with the existing in-service 230-plus EOS remote weapon stations, these additional systems will create a larger EOS RWS fleet across multiple vehicles and deliver significant improvements in operational effectiveness and cost of ownership for Australia’s combat forces," EOS said.
“EOS as an Australian defence industry company is enormously proud of being chosen to provide more weapon stations to this important ADF program," EOS Group CEO, Ben Greene, said.
"Although the vast majority of EOS revenue is derived from exports, meeting the needs of the ADF is of utmost importance. This announcement practically demonstrates the commitment of government to Australian defence industry.”
“This is a very pleasing outcome and great recognition for the EOS Defence Systems workforce who have worked exceptionally hard over the last few years to create these world class products," EOS Defence Systems CEO Grant Sanderson added.