Norwegian technology and defence group Kongsberg will increase its Australian workforce to more than 50 as part of a new strategic expansion into Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
Eirik Lie, president of Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace, said the expansion was part of a long-term focus on Australia and highlighted Kongsberg’s confidence in the Australian government’s Defence Export Strategy and record $200 billion investment in Australian Defence Force capability.
"Kongsberg has a long and successful 30-year history of partnership with the Australian Defence Force and Australian local industry – helping to create jobs, boost the economy and build Australian capabilities," Lie said.
Last Thursday, Minister for Defence Industry Steven Ciobo officially opened Kongsberg’s new Canberra office, which will become its business development and strategy hub for defence activities in Australia.
Kongsberg is proud of its history as a Tier 1 supplier and partner with Australian industry, including the Penguin Anti-Ship Missile, the RAAF E-7A Wedgetail, Australian Tactical Interface, the Joint Strike Missile, Remote Weapon Stations and is working with Raytheon to supply the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS).
Lie said Kongsberg believed strongly in mutually beneficial alliances and partnerships, saying, "Kongsberg wants to further expand its partnerships with Australian companies to enhance capability and competitive advantage through the creation of more jobs and delivering a higher level of competence and technology."