LSD recently signed a $6.5 million contract with Australian company Electro Optic Systems (EOS) to refurbish and upgrade 45 EOS remote weapons systems (RWS) used on the Bushmaster PMVs. This contract also includes the introduction into service of the refurbished systems.
The upgraded RWS will provide significant self-defence capability enhancements, according to the PMV Sustainment Manager, Luke Crampton.
“Improvements include upgraded sensors, a new Australian-designed stabilisation system that provides ‘shoot on the move’ capability, video tracking, video recording and enhanced C4I integration support,” Mr Crampton explained.
“These enhancements will bring the PMV’s upgraded RWS into line with EOS armoured vehicle turrets, used on tanks and other heavy armoured vehicles.
“Armoured vehicles turrets are typically 10 times more capable than the RWS and more costly; however, this upgrade means we get a similar capability for the Bushmaster at a much lower cost.
It’s a win-win situation in terms of capability and value for money”
By synchronising an upgrade to the RWS with post-operations refurbishment, LSD has also achieved an estimated $2.3 million saving in Commonwealth resources.
The first 20 of the new systems, which will be delivered to the 3rd Brigade by September 2015, will be used in an evaluation program designed by Army to help determine future RWS requirements.
The Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle, developed by Thales Australia (formerly ADI Limited) is in full production at Thales's manufacturing facility at Bendigo, Victoria.