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    Credit: Mediafoto AS

Kongsberg Defence Australia has announced that Adelaide-based REDARC Defence Systems has been selected as a key partner to supply electro-mechanical components for Kongsberg sub-systems within the Australian NASAMS program being delivered under Land 19 Phase 7B.

Kongsberg, in partnership with Raytheon Australia, will deliver a National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS) capability for the Australian Army. NASAMS is a state-of-the-art weapons system with beyond-visual-range capability that will enable the Australian Army to quickly detect, engage and destroy aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, and cruise missile threats.

Kongsberg has signed a contract with REDARC for the first tranche of supplies, including power outlet panels, battery boxes, and power distribution units for the Fire Distribution Centres and NASAMS Classroom Trainers, with a second tranche to come.

REDARC joins other Australian suppliers including Daronmont Technologies and Eylex in partnering with Kongsberg, with other Australian suppliers to be announced shortly.

Kongsberg Defence Australia General Manager John Fry said the new partnership is a further demonstration of the company's commitment to developing a sovereign Australian industry capability for Army’s NASAMS capability.

“REDARC is a terrific example of a successful Australian business that KONGSBERG is proud to partner with to deliver electro-mechanical systems for NASAMS sub systems. KONGSBERG is committed to working with Australian suppliers to ensure that we deliver the highest quality product for the Army,” Fry said.

Mike Hartas, REDARC Defence Account Manager said REDARC Defence Systems is proud to work with Kongsberg on the Land 19 Phase 7B Program.

“Kongsberg’s approach to Australian Industry Capability is testament to what can be done when the Defence companies and Australian industry want to work together to delivery real capability to the ADF. The transfer of technology to Australian industry will ensure the capability delivered under Project LAND 19 Phase 7B will be enduring and supportable in Australia," Hartas said.

Kongsberg Defence Australia will assemble and conduct sub-system level integration of the Fire Distribution Centre and NASAMS Classroom Trainers in Adelaide using predominately Australian-supplied components. It will also conduct final assembly of the Canister Launchers and support the Prime Contractor Raytheon Australia in integration activities.

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