05 December 2021
New Australian CEO For Defence Systems
Electro Optic Systems today announced the reorganisation and expansion of its subsidiary EOS Defence Systems, to support increased activity in Australia and to prepare for significant new global growth. The first phase of the reorganisation has commenced with the consolidation of an Australian-focused management structure and business, and will continue over the next 12 months and beyond to grow additional capability and capacity.
Grant Sanderson CEO, EOS Defence Systems (Global) said, “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Matthew Jones as the inaugural CEO of EOS Defence Systems Australia. Matthew will oversee the expansion of the company as EOS grows to establish itself as a true Australian Defence Prime Contractor.”
Matthew Jones joined EOS Defence Systems in May 2020 as General Manager Land C4I, initiating and leading the C4 EDGE Australian Industry collaboration, and overseeing a product development program for EOS’ new Titanis Counter UAS (C-UAS) system.
Matthew Jones has 30 years’ experience in Military, Defence and Defence Industry, in senior leadership roles encompassing senior capability analysis, technical and program management; working in operational and high security environments, with experience in national security; systems integration; strategy; human resource management; training, and policy development.
“We are delivering a number of projects in Australia at present, and there are many exciting opportunities we are preparing for in this reorganisation. We are keenly awaiting the decision on Land 400 Phase 3, where we are partnered with Hanwha Defense Australia to provide the T2000 turret,” Jones said.
The T2000 turret uses the same optics, fire control system and user interface as the R400 remote weapon station (RWS) being delivered to the Australian Defence Force and nine international customers. EOS recently put the T2000 through its paces at a private range facility in central NSW, with its other systems including the new 30×173 R800 RWS, and variants of the R400 RWS firing the M230LF 30×113 cannon; a 30mm equipped R400 was also fired off the Milrem THeMIS UGV.
“We are positioning for the next phase in EOS’ growth strategy which includes continued development of the Titanis C-UAS system incorporating directed energy, the C4 EDGE program, and the continued delivery of RWS to the ADF”, Jones said.
Sanderson concluded, “We have big plans for further expansion in Australia, and will make more announcements on new appointments, expanded facilities and new contracts in the new year.”
As Australia’s largest defence exporter, Electro Optic Systems has traditionally derived over 85% of its revenue from exports. This is now changing with an increased percentage of its business being conducted in Australia in support of the Australian Defence Force.