NIOA has been awarded a three-year contract to supply the ADF with 81mm practice and high-explosive mortar ammunition.
FILE PHOTO (2008): Australian soldiers from Mortar Platoon 2RAR fire a salvo during operations in the Chora Valley, Afghanistan. Photo by Corporal Hamish Paterson.
The contract worth $81.6 million.
NIOA Managing Director Robert Nioa said this acquisition would allow Army to sustain its current mortar capability as they move towards modernisation of the 81mm mortar fleet with a lighter-weight system under project LAND 136 Phase 1 complimented by new munitions under LAND 8115.
“The 81mm supply program expands NIOA’s capability to support the ADF’s current and future indirect fires goals,” he said.
“NIOA have teamed with Day and Zimmermann in the United States to deliver the 81mm ammunition contract with the acknowledged support of the US Army Joint Program Executive Office – Armaments and Ammunition (JPEO A&A).”
Day and Zimmermann are a major provider of mortar munitions to the US government, delivering more than 250,000 mortar rounds per year for the US military and foreign allies.
Mr Nioa said he was extremely pleased to have been trusted to sustain a vital mortar capability for the Australian Army in addition to other ammunition types the company currently provide to the ADF.
“This contract will allow Defence to take advantage of NIOA’s munitions technical and supply experience and further strengthen Australia’s sovereign industrial capability.
“I’d also commend the Commonwealth for the professionalism they’ve shown at all stages of the tender process and contract negotiations.”