Nupress to make NSM missile components


The Nupress Group is the latest SME to be awarded a contract to supply components for the new KONGSBERG Naval Strike Missile.

Nupress is to partner with Kongsberg Defence Australia to deliver ‘First Class’ manufacturing with the supply of mechanical components for the NSM capability being delivered under Project SEA 1300 Phase 1 – Navy Guided Weapons.

Nupress’s contract follows the award of other systems manufacturing to SMEs Axiom Precision Manufacturing, QPE and Marand among others.

In 2022, the Commonwealth of Australia announced the selection of KONGSBERG’s NSM to replace the Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile capability on the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) ANZAC Class Frigates and HOBART Class Destroyers, enabling the vessels ability to strike targets at extended range.

Established in 1972, Nupress Group has been supplying precision manufactured metal components in the Defence and Aerospace sector for over 20 years.

Attaining AS9100 in 2016, Nupress have become a valued contributor to global supply chains in the Defence industry.

Chief Executive Officer of Nupress Group Craig McWilliam said: “Kongsberg Defence Australia’s commitment to Australian Industry Capability (AIC) will further Australia’s sovereign capability and enable technology transfer.

“It will also grow the defence industry with employment opportunities for regional Australians in the Hunter, including Nupress.

“We would like to acknowledge all of our Australian supply chain partners for their efforts in supporting us for this opportunity and we look forward to delivering this significant contract.”

Manufacture of the mechanical components will commence shortly in the Nupress facility in Cardiff, New South Wales, with deliveries in early 2025.

Further reading:
Australian Precision Technologies wins missile contract
Marand awarded further work on Naval Strike Missile
Axiom awarded missile ground support contract
QPE to supply missile launcher components to Kongsberg

Picture: Naval Strike Missile

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