Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne has officially opened Electro Optic System’s (EOS) new production facility in Canberra.
Speaking at the official launch ceremony, Mr Pyne said the facility will serve as EOS’ defence products development centre as well as a production support facility for current contracts.
“EOS is a supplier and exporter of remote weapons systems, and has previously supplied 235 R400S Mk1 Remote Weapons for our Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle,” the Minister remarked.
“Today’s facility opening highlights the key role that defence exports play to both support our troops and allies in battle, as well as create more Australian jobs in our defence industry.”
“I am pleased that the opening of EOS’ new facility today goes hand-in-hand with supporting 110 Australian jobs through recently awarded contracts, which is set to rise to 200 jobs by 2020.”
He said the move will expand the company’s export production capacity to $20 million a month by 2020, placing EOS in a perfect position for significant future growth.
“This facility will also help EOS continue their fantastic record of competing internationally and winning significant export opportunities,” Mr Pyne continued.
“When meeting with my counterparts overseas, I am a strong vocal advocate for Australian capability including EOS’ remote weapons systems.”
“EOS’ success is a demonstration of what can be achieved when Government and industry work together and our Defence Export Strategy will further realise this.”
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