South Australian-based advanced composite and sheet metal manufacturer, AEROBOND, have entered into a contract with Kongsberg Defence Australia for the production and provision of launcher canisters for the company’s Naval Strike Missile (NSM).
Set to be manufactured in a new, purpose-built 3500sqm facility in Adelaide, the launcher canisters will be provided as part of the work program for the NSM capability to be employed on the Royal Australian Navy’s Hobart Class Destroyers and Anzac Class Frigates.
As a result of the contract, AEROBOND will immediately seek to grow its workforce and recruit an additional 35 roles in South Australia.
Together, AEROBOND and KONGSBERG will increase Australian manufacturing content for Project SEA1300 and grow important sovereign capability for a guided weapon project that greatly enhances Australia’s maritime strike capability.
AEROBOND’s Founder and Managing Director, Justin Struik, said the company is looking forward to working with KONGSBERG and delivering exceptional quality to support the Navy.
“The contract with KONGSBERG is a recognition of the deep skills, experience and expertise that we have cultivated with AEROBOND and across our workforce,” said Mr Struik.
“It is an important milestone in our pathway to becoming a leading supplier in the Defence industry supply chain.”
Kongsberg Defence Australia’s General Manager John Fry said the company are pleased to have awarded AEROBOND the contract.
“Australia is home to a very talented and innovative defence industry, and KONGSBERG is committed to growing our network of local suppliers and providing manufacturing opportunities as part of our work program with the Australian Defence Force,” said Mr Fry.
“This contract also supports the ongoing development of a Sovereign Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance Enterprise for Australia.”
Production will commence in January 2024.