Nammo and Thales Australia to cooperate on Next Generation Aircraft Ammunition

Nam­mo and Thales Aus­tralia signed a Let­ter of Intent (LoI) at Eurosato­ry today for a planned coop­er­a­tion on the next gen­er­a­tion air­craft ammu­ni­tion.

Source: Thales

This is dri­ven by Nor­way and Australia’s involve­ment in the F-35 fight­er pro­gram and the need for a new ammu­ni­tion round capa­ble of meet­ing all require­ments and ensur­ing lethal­i­ty against both soft and hard tar­gets. This will include coop­er­a­tion on the Nor­we­gian ammu­ni­tion con­cept, APEX, and a spe­cial train­ing round as well as Thales’ fran­gi­ble ammu­ni­tion round called APFI. The APEX devel­op­ment and qual­i­fi­ca­tion effort is now ful­ly fund­ed by the Nor­we­gian Min­istry of Defense and Nam­mo.

“This coop­er­a­tion will cre­ate a new plat­form for ammu­ni­tion busi­ness between two indus­try lead­ers. Nammo’s APEX con­cept is based on more than 20 years of her­itage in the air­craft ammu­ni­tion busi­ness with pres­ence on near­ly all fight­er air­craft of NATO and in the west­ern world. This will give the air forces supe­ri­or per­for­mance both in the air com­bat role and in the close air sup­port role” said Kjell Kringsjå, the Exec­u­tive Vice pres­i­dent of Nammo’s Medi­um and Large Cal­iber Divi­sion.

Chris Jenk­ins, CEO of Thales Aus­tralia, said: “I have high expec­ta­tions for this coop­er­a­tion. Not only will this cre­ate a broad­er basis for fur­ther busi­ness devel­op­ment, but it will also pave the way for indus­tri­al par­tic­i­pa­tion relat­ed to the F-35 pro­gramme and entry into the air­craft ammu­ni­tion area.”

“Our sig­nif­i­cant exper­tise in ord­nance, com­bined with our world-class pro­pel­lant tech­nol­o­gy, is the basis of what will be a high­ly pro­duc­tive part­ner­ship with Nam­mo and a prod­uct offer­ing that will appeal to a wide range of inter­na­tion­al cus­tomers.”

The Nam­mo Group
The Nam­mo Group is an inter­na­tion­al defense group spe­cial­iz­ing in design and pro­duc­tion of ammu­ni­tion prod­ucts, shoul­der fired weapon sys­tems, mis­sile and space propul­sion sys­tems and demil­i­ta­riza­tion ser­vices. The Nam­mo Group employs 1900 peo­ple in 7 coun­tries.

Thales is a glob­al tech­nol­o­gy leader for the Aero­space and Space, Defence, Secu­ri­ty and Trans­porta­tion mar­kets. In 2009, the com­pa­ny gen­er­at­ed rev­enues of 12.9 bil­lion euros (equiv­a­lent of AUD 22.7 bil­lion) with 68,000 employ­ees in 50 coun­tries. With its 25,000 engi­neers and researchers, Thales has a unique capa­bil­i­ty to design, devel­op and deploy equip­ment, sys­tems and ser­vices that meet the most com­plex secu­ri­ty require­ments. Thales has an excep­tion­al inter­na­tion­al foot­print, with oper­a­tions around the world work­ing with cus­tomers as local part­ners.

For any fur­ther details and con­tacts please call:

Ola Skrivervik
Senior Vice Pres­i­dent Busi­ness Devel­op­ment
Nam­mo Group
Tel: + 47 61 15 29 31

Lib­by Noble
Gen­er­al Man­ag­er, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions
Thales Aus­tralia
Tel: +61 434 155 881

Sis­sel Solum
Senior Vice Pres­i­dent Com­mu­ni­ca­tion
Nam­mo Group

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