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The Australian Missile Corporation Announces More Signings of Leading Australian Partners to Support the Sovereign Guided Weapons Enterprise

14 June 2021

The Australian Missile Corporation (AMC) is pleased to announce the latest signing of partners to the AMC collaboration; Milspec Manufacturing and Thomas Global Systems. This follows previous announcements of collaborations with Quickstep, Black Sky Aerospace, DMG MORI, Thornton Tomasetti, Arican Advisory & Capital, Aldom Transport Engineering, Applied Fasteners and Tooling, Allweld Manufacturing, Benchon and Israel Aerospace Industries. The expertise of these companies with world-leading insights will be critical to support the Australian Government as it realises its vision for a sovereign guided weapons enterprise equipped and ready to support the Australian Defence Force.

The Australian Missile Corporation was founded by NIOA, formed 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.

Robert Nioa, CEO of NIOA and the Australian Missile Corporation welcomed the participants. “Highly capable organisations such as Milspec Manufacturing and Thomas Global Systems partnering through this collaborative platform will be critical to the success of the Commonwealth’s sovereign guided weapons enterprise. This latest announcement adds to the expertise coming together under the Australian Missile Corporation banner. NIOA will continue to welcome opportunities to partner through the AMC and showcase and support the expertise of leading Australian companies”.

Neil Morrison, General Manager of Milspec Manufacturing, said: "We are excited at the opportunity to partner with AMC and to be involved in the development of a sovereign guided weapons enterprise in Australia. Milspec Manufacturing is ready to assist as we are AS9100-approved and have relevant manufacturing capabilities thanks to our work on the Nulka decoy system."   

Angus Hutchinson, CEO of Thomas Global Systems, said "We look forward to working with the AMC to progress this great initiative. We bring to the table world-class Australian capabilities in design, manufacturing, and support of high-integrity electronic systems for defence and aerospace applications. It leverages our experience supplying technology into U.S. missile programs over many years."

NIOA was founded in regional Queensland in 1973 and is the largest Australian-owned weapons and munitions Prime Contractor. Committed to the development of Australian sovereign capability, NIOA is investing $130m in domestic munitions and explosives manufacturing over the next five years, including a $60m artillery shell forging plant in Maryborough Queensland with joint-venture partner Rheinmetall Waffe Munitions, an upgrade of the Commonwealth’s Government-owned Benalla munitions plant in Victoria and an $11m expansion of its Brisbane warehouse and distribution facility.

Milspec Manufacturing has been supplying technology and componentry to the defence industry for over 14 years. Milspec Manufactruing has significant expertise in precision machining, welding, fabrication and assembly of launcher systems.  

Thomas Global Systems is an industry leader in the design, production and support of high integrity electronic systems solutions for defence and commercial aviation applications. Since 1956, Thomas Global has consistently earned international recognition for innovation and dependability. Thomas Global leverages expertise in avionics, armoured vehicle electronics and specialised mission-critical defence electronics and training solutions. The company’s facilities are in Sydney, Australia, and Irvine, California. Learn more at

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