Lockheed Martin taps Axiom, Nupress Group as supply chain partners for Orion spacecraft program

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Lockheed Martin has selected Axiom Precision Manufacturing and Nupress Group as global supply chain partners for the Orion spacecraft program, a cornerstone of NASA’s Artemis missions to the Moon. 

Axiom and Nupress were tapped to deliver precision machined components for the Orion program following a rigorous evaluation that looked into their substantial cost-saving proposals, exceptional customer responsiveness, and reduced lead times. 

The Orion Production and Operations Contract is an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract and encompasses up to 12 vehicles, divided into three or four different orders. 

Up to six additional Orion spacecraft may be ordered, leveraging production cost data from the previous six missions to enable optimised unit prices, Lockheed Martin said in a media release.  

The two companies, which previously established themselves as industry partners in the F-35 program, were identified as potential partners for Orion during a roadshow led by Lockheed Martin’s Office of Australian Industrial Participation team. 

“Axiom and Nupress exemplify the vast industrial capability available in Australia. Their commitment to quality and innovation aligns perfectly with Lockheed Martin’s dedication to delivering excellence. This is an example of how the Global Supply Chain program has allowed us to partner with and provide opportunities for Australian industry to shape the future of defence and space exploration,” said Warren McDonald, CEO of Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand. 

Since receiving its space quality certifications, Axiom has so far secured one contract while Nupress has already secured two contracts. These were awarded under Lockheed Martin’s Global Supply Chain Program agreement with the Commonwealth of Australia. 

“Axiom is proud to contribute to the Orion spacecraft program. This new partnership with Lockheed Martin exemplifies our dedication to precision, innovation and embracing complex challenges, and we look forward to our expanding role in advancing space exploration,” said Craig Maynard, general manager of Axiom. 

“Nupress is honoured to strengthen our partnership with Lockheed Martin through the Orion spacecraft program. This opportunity reinforces our commitment to world-class manufacturing that delivers successful outcomes. We are excited to continue our journey in the space sector and work with Lockheed Martin to support NASA’s missions to the Moon,” said Craig McWilliam, CEO of Nupress.