Quickstep use this oneAustralian Missile Corporation (AMC) has announced it has signed Bestech Australia and Pentarch Industrial as new members for AMC’s collaboration, which was created on the back of the Australian government’s plan to accelerate a domestic guided missile manufacturing enterprise. The AMC is a wholly owned subsidiary of NIOA – the largest Australian-owned supplier of weapons and munitions to the ADF.

Founded in 2002, Bestech Australia specialises in supplying, designing and manufacturing high-precision sensors, instrumentation for test and measurement of physical parameters such as displacement, vibration, strain, load, torque, temperature and pressure, and modular and customisable high-channel-count data acquisition systems and signal conditioning. Bestech also deliver technical teaching equipment such as hydraulics training system, electrical testing panel for capstone testing in electrotechnology and fault finding, and a wide range of teaching demonstrators for engineering education. Bestech pride themselves on providing exceptional, high-quality technical support to assist you from designing, testing, delivery, commissioning and after-sales support.

Pentarch Industrial offers specialised, environmentally acceptable solutions to the disposal of hazardous goods and the development of ammunition packaging. They are also a key service provider to Industry and Department of Defence clients. The company’s facility at Oaklands is the only privately-owned site, licensed by the Commonwealth of Australia to store military and process (breakdown/ demilitarise/ dispose) ammunition. The disposal facilities include sophisticated and bespoke automation and robotic systems, designed and developed to enable remote handling of Explosive Ordnance during the demilitarisation activities. Pentarch also refurbishes, stencils and supplies medium and large calibre packaging for the Army, Navy and Air Force, including inner furniture. All boxes are Quality Tested to MIL spec.

AMC also announced that the CEO of NIOA and AMC, Robert Nioa was recently appointed as a director on the Queensland Defence Science Alliance (QDSA) Board. Through this role, Nioa will work with the chair of the QDSA, Lieutenant General (Ret’d) John Caligari and Executive Director Professor Cara Wrigley to drive industry led research across the defence sector with a particular focus on guided weapons.

Following the prime minister’s announcement in late March to create a sovereign guided weapon enterprise, the AMC was formed to enable strong collaboration across industry, academia, state governments and defence – and the QDSA and AMC collaboration is no better example of this. The collaborative power of some of the sharpest multi-disciplinary minds across seven leading Queensland Universities, industry partners, government and Defence, the QDSA focusses on sovereign collaboration and innovation to accelerate Defence’s capability edge.


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