The firm is the latest to support AMC’s push to develop sovereign guided missile capability.
Day & Zimmermann (D&Z) has partnered with the Australian Missile Corporation, agreeing to provide manufacturing solutions in support of the consortium’s bid to establish a Sovereign Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance Enterprise (GWEOE) for the ADF.
Defence recently published a request for information on AusTender, seeking input from defence industry and academia regarding capacity and interest in supporting the GWEOE.
The initiative aims to address gaps by providing stakeholders, both SMEs and established primes, with opportunities in advanced manufacturing through the establishment of industry partnerships.
Defence is currently in the process of defining key requirements for the enterprise.
“Day & Zimmermann has a proud history of supporting the US Armed Forces and our allied nations,” Mike Yoh, president, munitions and government, said.
“We look forward to embarking on this new venture with AMC in its ambition to back the Australian government’s plan for a sovereign guided weapons facility, ready to support the ADF.”
D&Z is the latest of several defence firms to join AMC, a subsidiary of Queensland-based munitions company NIOA.
These include Austal, Quickstep, Moog Australia, Black Sky Aerospace and Thomas Global Systems.
Robert Nioa, CEO of NIOA, welcomed D&Z to the consortium.
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“We are thrilled to have the support of a globally recognized company such as Day & Zimmermann, working together with our many other collaborators on this project,” he said.
“In D&Z, we have a family-owned business that shares AMC’s goal of strengthening the sovereign capability of our respective countries.”
AMC will face competition from Electro Optic Systems (EOS) and Nova Systems, which have also expressed interest in the program, jointly establishing the Sovereign Missile Alliance (SMA).
Earlier this year, Lockheed Martin Australia and Thales Australia also finalised a teaming agreement to facilitate co-operation in the design, development and production of Lockheed Martin’s Long Range Anti-Ship Missile – Surface Launch variant.
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