Australian Precision Technologies wins missile contract


Precision engineering manufacturer Australian Precision Technologies (APT) has received a contract from Kongsberg Defence Australia to manufacture components for the KONGSBERG Naval Strike Missile (NSM) Launchers to be delivered under Project SEA 1300.

The NSM will replace the Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile currently on the Royal Australian Navy ANZAC class frigates and Hobart class air warfare destroyers.

APT will manufacture highly complex precision-machined components utilising state of the art manufacturing technologies and lean management best practises, according to a statement.

The components will be manufactured in the company’s Berwick, Victoria facility and will present new job opportunities in project management, quality assurance and advanced manufacturing applications.

The contract will also enable APT to invest in more advanced CNC machining technologies and quality control equipment to ensure the high standards of quality are achieved.

Australian Precision Technologies Managing Director Richard Weinzierl said: “APT has diversified into the defence and aerospace industry sectors over the past 15 years..

“That has provided us with the opportunities to secure contracts such as this through the culture of the company employees and the strategic outlook required to support defence projects.

“The onboarding process with the entire KONGSBERG team has provided us with the support and assistance required to be successful with our tender submission.”

Production and manufacture of the component range required will commence immediately with delivery into the new KONGSBERG facility in South Australia in 2024.

APT boasts customers including Thales, CEA Technologies, Varley Group, Cablex, Droneshield, Ferra Engineering, EOS Defence Systems and Rosebank Engineering.

Picture: Kongsberg/naval strike missile

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