Marand is pleased to announce it has received a contract from Kongsberg Defence Australia (KDAu) for the production of Launch Ramp Systems for the KONGSBERG Naval Strike Missile.
Last year, the Commonwealth of Australia announced the selection of KONGSBERG’s Naval Strike Missile to replace the Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile capability on the Royal Australian Navy’s ANZAC Class Frigates and HOBART Class Destroyers. The project will involve large scale fabrication of the Launch ramps that are fitted to each class of ship and support the Launcher Missile Module (LMM).
Under this contract, Marand will manufacture the units at its Geelong site, securing and growing jobs in the region. The project will benefit from Marand’s capability in high specification welding and large-scale manufacturing. It will also leverage the grant received in August 2022 under the Modern Manufacturing Initiative focused on Welding Excellence.
Kongsberg Defence Australia’s General Manager, Mr John Fry, stated “KONGSBERG is excited to have signed a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia for Naval Strike Missiles and supporting equipment. This fifth generation, highly capable, long-range, precision strike weapon is an important maritime strike capability for our Navy. As we increase our Australian presence, Kongsberg Defence Australia is focused on expanding our local manufacturing base, and partnering with key suppliers such as Marand, to deliver high quality competitive sub-assemblies into our final production line.”
Rohan Stocker, Marand CEO said “Marand has recognised for some time that increased capability in welding fabrication methods will be highly relevant to future maritime and land programs. After many years of successful exports to KONGSBERG in Norway as part of the F-35 program, we are delighted to be engaged directly with Kongsberg Defence Australia and contribute to the increase of strike capability for the Royal Australian Navy”.
Under this contract, production of the Launch Ramp Systems will start immediately.
About Marand Precision Engineering
Marand designs, manufactures, and sustains complex and innovative equipment and products primarily for the defence, aerospace, mining, rail, and energy industries. Our customer base includes prime contractors such as Rheinmetall, Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Boeing, BHP Billiton, and Rio Tinto. Headquartered in Moorabbin, Marand also operates in Geelong. Marand is part of the ASDAM group which includes Levett Engineering, TAE Aerospace and Rosebank Engineering providing engineering, manufacture and sustainment for the Australian Department of Defence. For more information visit www.marand.com.au
Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, a business area within Kongsberg Gruppen ASA (KONGSBERG), is Norway’s premier supplier of defence and aerospace-related systems and solutions. The company is a leading supplier of defence products and systems for command and control, surveillance, space, tactical communications, remote weapon stations and missiles systems. Kongsberg Defence Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, established in 2010 and located in Canberra and Adelaide.
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