Full-rate production milestone for Hawkei

EOS was proud to support the Hon Linda Reynolds, Minister for Defence today at the announcement of the move into full-rate production of the Thales Defence Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle.

Speaking at the announcement Minister Reynolds said:

"The vehicle’s production will support more than 200 local jobs in Bendigo as Victoria deals with the current outbreak of COVID-19, as well as more across the national defence industry. The vehicle has performed exceptionally well throughout comprehensive ballistic and blast testing, meeting Defence’s stringent requirements for protection.

This is a highly effective capability being delivered in partnership between Defence and industry that builds on Thales’s iconic Bushmaster, which has been highly successful on operations overseas and exported around the world."

During his visit to EOS on 2 July Prime Minister the Hon Scott Morrison announced EOS Defence as the remote weapon station provider for the Hawkei and Bushmaster vehicles for the Australian Army. The R400S Mk2 Heavy Duty RWS has been selected for these vehicles.

Pictured: An Australian Army Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle with an Electro Optic Systems R400S Mk2 Remote Weapon System and a mock-up of a CEA Technologies Tactical Radar on display at Russell Offices, Canberra for the announcement by the Minister for Defence of full rate production of the Hawkei. (Image courtesy of Department of Defence).

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