Up to 100 jobs will be created NIOA Munitions who signed a new 10-year contract for a tenancy at the Benalla munitions factory in Victoria today.
FILE PHOTO: A range of (inert) 155mm Assegai ammunition on display at the NIOA stand at Land Forces 2018 in Adelaide. Photo by Brian Hartigan.
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The Australian-owned company is the largest commercial supplier of non-guided munitions to the Australian Defence Force through its partnerships with global manufacturers.
Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the contract demonstrated the government’s commitment to growing Australia’s local manufacturing and munitions capability.
“Enabling new companies to establish and grow in Victoria will harness local skills and expertise in the manufacturing sector and the Australian defence industry exports,” Minister Reynolds said.
“NIOA is already pursuing export opportunities from the new tenancy at Benalla and is well placed to manufacture munitions for use by the ADF in the future.
“This contract will establish NIOA as a tenant alongside Thales Australia where, together, they will provide opportunities for domestic manufacturing while enhancing supplies of key munitions for Defence.”
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said NIOA was also in the process of building an advanced manufacturing facility in Maryborough, Queensland, with joint venture partner Rheinmetall Waffe Munitions.
“This new contract was born out of the Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Industry Plan for Munitions and Small Arms Research, Design, Development and Manufacture which I released in 2019,” Minister Price said.
“This capability plan provides a roadmap to help current and aspiring Australian defence industry businesses understand the capability priorities of the ADF, now and into the future.”