Axiom Precision Manufacturing to provide ground support equipment for Kongsberg’s naval strike missile

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Axiom Precision Manufacturing announced its latest contract agreement with Kongsberg Defence Australia (KDAu) for the production and supply of ground support equipment designed for the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) under SEA 1300 Phase 1 – Navy Guided Weapons.

Following the Commonwealth of Australia’s decision last year to replace the Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile capability on the Royal Australian Navy’s ANZAC Class Frigates and HOBART Class Destroyers with Kongsberg’s NSM, this collaboration marks a significant stride in enhancing the Australian Defence Force’s ability to engage targets at extended ranges.

Established in 1979, Axiom Precision Manufacturing specialises in electronic hardware design, precision machining, and the production of complex mechanical, electro-mechanical, and sub-system components.

The company’s purpose-built, secure manufacturing facilities in Adelaide, South Australia, cater to the aerospace, defence, space, and medical devices industries, holding AS 9100, ISO 14001, and ISO13485 certifications.

Axiom General Manager Craig Maynard conveyed that the agreement with Kongsberg stands as a notable acknowledgment of Axiom’s extensive track record as a defence supplier across diverse platforms.

He also expressed eagerness to expand their partnership in light of this project.

“The new contract will support additional growth in Axiom’s vertically integrated manufacturing capabilities, including fabrication and painting,” Maynard noted.

Meanwhile, John Fry, general manager of Kongsberg Defence Australia, underlined the company’s dedication to involving the Australian industry in supporting SEA 1300 Phase 1 – Navy Guided Weapons.

He stated, “Axiom was established over four decades ago, so it is great to be announcing this partnership with such an experienced, highly skilled Small to Medium Enterprise.

Fry also underscored that Axiom’s Wingfield facility has already initiated the manufacturing of the intricate assemblies, and the initial deliveries are slated for early 2024.