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