18 Dec Commonwealth signs LAND 400 Phase 2 RWS Contract
The Department of Defence Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group has executed a contract with EOS Defence Systems.
The contract valued at AUD$45M (GST exclusive) for the supply of Remote Weapon Systems (RWS) to the LAND 400 Phase 2 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle project was previously announced on 24 August 2018. The contract signature on 16 December marks the commencement of the formal contract. EOS will provide extensive development, integration and testing activities on the Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle followed by the delivery of 82 R400S-MK2-D-HD remote weapon systems commencing in 2022.
The R400S-Mk2-D-HD remote weapon system is the latest high precision product from EOS Defence Systems and is capable of mounting a variety of weapons from small calibre machine guns through to lightweight cannons and anti-tank guided missiles. Combined with the current 230+ EOS remote weapon systems in-service with the Australian Army, this latest acquisition creates a fleet across multiple vehicles and delivers improvements in capability, operational effectiveness, training and cost of ownership.
Mr Grant Sanderson, CEO of EOS Defence Systems said: “EOS Defence Systems is very pleased to be able to support the ADF with this important capability. The R400 is world class Australian technology supported by over 70 Australian supply chain providers and is an excellent demonstration of Australian defence industry capability supporting Australia’s soldiers.”
All EOS systems for LAND 400 Phase 2 will be built in Australia in Queanbeyan, NSW and Hume, ACT and utilise components from its chain of 70+ Australian suppliers. Over 88% of EOS’ supply chain is sourced locally. In 2019 the company is set to contribute over AUD$64M to local suppliers, and this will grow significantly over the coming years.
Pictured left to right: Brigadier Greg McGlone with EOS Defence System CEO Grant Sanderson