The Australian Missile Corporation developing an Australian SME led response to the federal government’s call for the development of a sovereign guided weapons enterprise has signed yet another collaborating partner business.
AMC, a subsidiary of Queensland munitions and explosives manufacturer NIOA, has added US commercial technology company Mercury Systems Inc to what is becoming a roll call of local defence innovation.
Also in the AMC collaboration are composites manufacturer Quickstep, Black Sky Aerospace, Allweld Manufacturing, Benchon, Skyborne, Milspec Manufacturing, Thomas Global Systems, Air Affairs Australia and Sage.
CEO of NIOA and AMC Robert Nioa said: “Having a highly respected technology and electronics innovation leader such as Mercury Systems collaborate with the AMC will be immensely beneficial.
“Mercury’s product solutions and subsystems deliver trusted, secure, uncompromised technologies from chip scale to system scale for both military and commercial applications.”
NIOA was founded in regional Queensland in 1973 and is the largest Australian-owned weapons and munitions prime contractor.
The company is building a $60m artillery shell forging plant in Maryborough Queensland with joint-venture partner Rheinmetall Waffe Munitions, and upgrading the Commonwealth’s Government-owned Benalla munitions plant in Victoria.
Vice President of Mercury Systems Paul Tanner said: “Australia is a long and trusted ally of the United States and we look forward to working with the AMC in building a sovereign guided weapons enterprise in Australia.
“Mercury’s broad range of solutions are embedded in more than 300 aerospace and defence programs and deployed on more than 4000 systems in the US and allied countries.”
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