The Australian Government has awarded two munitions contracts to General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems of Canada (GD-OTS) and NIOA.
The contracts are for the supply of 155mm high-explosive howitzer ammunition and 81mm high-explosive and practice mortar ammunition for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne said: “This is a four-year, A$62.7m ($44.99m) deal with General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems of Canada to supply 155mm high explosive howitzer ammunition for our artillery guns.
“This acquisition allows the army to sustain its current artillery capability and support its training requirements as we move towards modernisation of the 155mm fleet under the Land 17-1C2 future artillery ammunition project being delivered by NIOA.
“This contract has been awarded to ensure capability of the current ADF in-service ammunition is maintained, with delivery commencing April 2019.”
The three-year A$81.6m ($58.56m) contract awarded to NIOA will allow the ADF to sustain its current mortar capability.
The company will deliver the contract in partnership with Day and Zimmermann in the US.
While final deliveries under the contract with NIOA are planned for completion in April 2022, the company will begin delivery of products in April next year.
Under project Land 136 Phase 1, the ADF is progressing towards modernisation of the 81mm mortar fleet with a lighter weight system.
Both contracts will provide 200 job opportunities in Brisbane and Maryborough in Queensland, as well as Benalla in regional Victoria.
Land17-1C2 is a long-term contract that includes munitions integration into the army’s M777 howitzer and AFATDS fire control system.