A global aerospace and defence technology giant with strong links to the Australian Defence Force is set to join forces with the Australian Missile Corporation. L3Harris has confirmed its collaboration with the AMC 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.
L3Harris, which has more than 500 employees based in Australia with offices in Canberra, Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne, is a key partner of the Australian Army, RAN and RAAF designing information warfare subsystems and components. The company joins a growing list of Australian and international businesses to register with the AMC. The expertise of these companies with world-leading insights will be critical to support the Australian Government as it realises its vision for a sovereign guided weapons enterprise equipped and ready to support the ADF.
Robert Nioa, CEO of NIOA and the Australian Missile Corporation, welcomed the support of L3Harris: “L3Harris’ Australian-based business has a strong, global reputation for technical excellence and innovation and is a perfect complement to NIOA’s depth of expertise in munitions and explosives. L3Harris’ Brisbane-based team has a wealth of supply chain management expertise, are AS9100D certified and own existing sovereign infrastructure.”
Sarah Earey, Managing Director of Intelligence and Cyber International Micreo at L3Harris, said: “We are pleased to announce our collaboration with NIOA and the Australian Missile Corporation in furthering the Australian Government’s intention to create a guided weapons enterprise in Australia. We are a trusted partner to the Australian Department of Defence, and can provide best-in-class technologies and in-country support services including system integration and sustainment.”
NIOA was founded in regional Queensland in 1973 and is the largest Australian-owned weapons and munitions Prime Contractor. Committed to the development of Australian sovereign capability, NIOA is investing $130m in domestic munitions and explosives manufacturing over the next five years, including a $60m artillery shell forging plant in Maryborough Queensland with joint-venture partner Rheinmetall Waffe Munitions, an upgrade of the Commonwealth’s Government-owned Benalla munitions plant in Victoria and an $11m expansion of its Brisbane warehouse and distribution facility.
L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defence technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defence and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 48,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.