Australian company Airspeed will develop advanced composite material manufacturing techniques for MBDA’s MMP missile for Land 400.
The Australian company, which designs and builds in composite materials for the defence, aerospace and energy resoures sectors, shall explore alternative production options for the MMP anti-tank guided missile launch tube.
“MBDA is offering its MMP missile as part of the $20 billion Land 400 project – it is the only fifth generation anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) that is in production and in service today, and represents the cutting edge of technology, design and performance,” MBDA Australia managing director Andy Watson said.
“It is only natural for MBDA to work with Airspeed to develop similarly cutting-edge production techniques that could create more efficient and cost effective manufacturing methods.”
Watson explained Airspeed’s work on the project will be a real demonstration of Australian high-tech capability in the defence industry, opening up future global supply chain opportunities with MBDA.
As any company vying for Australian defence contracts knows, meeting the Defence Industry Policy Statement’s Australian Industry Capability requirements is key, and Watson said MBDA's approach to AIC is based on two principles: ensuring the Federal Government has the highest level of independent capability in its use of the missile; and generating real opportunities for Australian industry.
“As we have said for some time now, our aim is for MMP to become the first missile that is built, maintained and evolved in Australia and I see this contract as a major step in delivering that vision”.
Airspeed managing director Steve Barlow said the contract is a vote of confidence not only for Airspeed but the wider Australian defence industry.
The company has designed and produced composite low drag electronics and cargo pods for use on fast jets such as RAAF Hornets and Hawks. Airspeed has also conducted work on the Collins class submarines, such as designing lightweight replacement structures and pressure vessels.
The contract with Airspeed is the latest in a series of agreements MBDA has undertaken with Australian companies.