The Australian Missile Corporation (AMC) has signed up two new SME partners in its collaboration developing an indigenous consortium to develop a sovereign guided weapons enterprise.
AMC, a subsidiary of Queensland munitions manufacturer NIOA, has added Milspec Manufacturing and Thomas Global Systems to its partners.
They join a collaboration that includes Quickstep, Black Sky Aerospace, DMG MORI, Thornton Tomasetti, Arican Advisory & Capital, Aldom Transport Engineering, Applied Fasteners and Tooling, Allweld Manufacturing, Benchon and Israel Aerospace Industries.
At the same time materials company Archer Materials has told investors that it will also collaborate with AMC, which was formed to foster collaboration between industry partners, academia, state governments and the defence department.
Archer said the collaboration would be focused on its CQ quantum computing chip technology, which aims to produce a quantum chip from readily available materials that can operate at room temperatures.
Archer also has access to advanced semiconductor design, manufacturing and testing facilities.
The company will work with NIOA to identify opportunities to contribute to the collaboration.
CEO of NIOA Robert Nioa “This latest announcement adds to the expertise coming together under the Australian Missile Corporation banner.
“NIOA will continue to welcome opportunities to partner through the AMC and showcase and support the expertise of leading Australian companies”.
Milspec Manufacturing already performs work on the Nulka active missile decoy rocket, which is produced and exported by BAE Systems Australia.
CEO of Thomas Global Systems Angus Hutchinson said: “We bring to the table world-class Australian capabilities in design, manufacturing, and support of high-integrity electronic systems for defence and aerospace applications.
“It leverages our experience supplying technology into US missile programs over many years.”
NIOA is investing $130m in domestic munitions and explosives manufacturing over the next five years.
Projects include a $60m artillery shell forging plant in Maryborough Queensland with joint-venture partner Rheinmetall Waffe Munitions, an upgrade of the Commonwealth’s Government-owned Benalla munitions plant in Victoria and an $11m expansion of its Brisbane warehouse and distribution facility.
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