SOURCE: Recon Optical, Inc.

December 18, 2007 08:50 ET

Recon Optical Awarded Australian Contract for Stabilized Remotely Operated Weapon Systems

BARRINGTON, IL--(Marketwire - December 18, 2007) - Recon Optical was awarded an $8.7M contract by Electro Optic Systems Pty Limited (EOS) of Australia to produce 72 RAVEN® R-400 stabilized weapon mounts for integration on the Australia Defense Force (ADF) Bushmaster infantry mobility vehicle. The lead systems integrator and prime contractor is Thales Australia for the Australian Government's Project Bushranger. Recon Optical provides the stabilized mount and EOS provides the critical fire control and sensor components that enhance the accuracy and provide remote operation of the weapon system. Together, Recon Optical and EOS have spent years developing and refining their patented RAVEN® technologies presently deployed with the ADF, U.S. and other allied ground forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

With its stabilized remote operation, the RAVEN® permits the gunner to operate his weapon from within the relative safety of the Bushmaster vehicle's ballistic armor. The system's stabilization and fire control system greatly increase the accuracy of the installed weapons while on the move or stationary. RAVEN®'s capabilities multiply force effectiveness, lower collateral damage potential, and minimize re-supply requirements in demanding urban warfare environments.

In the Bushmaster configuration, the RAVEN® R-400 will be integrated with the M240 7.62-mm Machine Gun. However, it also accommodates a variety of other small caliber machine guns, the M2 .50-cal heavy machine gun, M249 5.56-mm and Mk-19 40-mm grenade machine gun. RAVEN® mounts to the roof of almost any armored or un-armored combat or logistics support vehicle.

"The hundreds of RAVEN® systems currently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan are protecting Soldiers from enemy fire and IEDs, and are receiving praise from the Soldiers using them. They have been able to engage the enemy in situations that would be impossible without the RAVEN®'s accuracy," said Dennis Healy, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Recon Optical's Force Protection Technologies business unit. "And their reliability, boasting an operational readiness rate of over 95%, is something we are extremely proud of."

Recon Optical, based in Barrington, Illinois, USA, is a global leader in the design, development, production and integration of stabilized weapon systems; advanced digital reconnaissance cameras; multi-spectral optics and windows; chemical detection scanners; and sighting systems. EOS produces the RAVEN® fire control and sensor components in Tucson, Arizona.

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