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Leading aerospace scientist appointed to Australian Missile Corporation Advisory Board

29 July 2021

The former Chief of the Australian Defence Science and Technology Aerospace Division is set to join the Australian Missile Corporation (AMC) on its inaugural Advisory Board.

Dr Ken Anderson, who headed up the Defence Science and Technology Group’s (DSTG) Air Vehicles and Aerospace Division for almost a decade, will join the newly formed AMC which was launched earlier this year in response to the Australian Government’s plan to accelerate a sovereign guided missiles enterprise.

Ken is a former Scientific Adviser to the Royal Australian Air Force and Co-Director of the Australia-US Hypersonics Flight Research Program. He was Professor (Defence) at RMIT University from 2017-2020.

Ken is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and the Royal Aeronautical Society. He has been a member of several boards and committees in the aerospace, science and technology domain.

Robert Nioa, CEO of NIOA and the Australian Missile Corporation, said Ken would be an asset to the new board as AMC supports the government’s plans to establish a domestic guided weapons enterprise.

The AMC Advisory Board’s mission will be to assist the executive team, advising on industry trends, providing insights, and thought leadership, as well as identifying business development and strategic growth opportunities.

‘’We are thrilled to welcome Ken to the Board,’’ Mr Nioa said. ‘’After many years as a respected scientist we are convinced that he will complement the capabilities of his board colleagues with his expertise in science, technology and management.’’

In taking up his position, Ken said: ‘’I am looking forward to helping shape the future of the Australian Missile Corporation.

‘’We have an opportunity to make a huge contribution to Australia’s broader defence strategy while building true sovereign capability in defence design and manufacturing.’’

Launched earlier this year, the Australian Missile Corporation was founded by NIOA - the largest Australian-owned supplier of weapons and munitions to the Australian Defence Force.

It was set up to facilitate collaboration between industry partners, academia, state governments and Defence in response to the Australian Government’s call to establish a sovereign guided weapons enterprise.

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