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Nioa and Diehl deepen their bond with naval munitions strategic partnership

7th October 2022 - 10:06 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Rendering of the future Hunter-class frigate for the Royal Australian Navy, which will be armed with a 5-inch gun. (Image: BAE Systems)

An agreement between Nioa and Diehl includes technology transfer for Australian sovereign manufacturing of naval munitions.

Nioa announced a new strategic partnership for naval ammunition during the Land Forces 2022 exhibition in Brisbane on 4-6 October.

The Australian company is teaming with Germany-based Diehl Defence to receive technology for the local production and supply of 5-inch [127mm] naval munitions, including ‘high explosives, practice projectiles, [and] propelling charges’.

Each Anzac-class frigates in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is already armed with a single 127mm (Mark 45 Mod 4) gun, and the same weapon will equip the future Hunter-class vessels.

Nioa and Diehl will also evaluate ‘possible cooperation in the areas of the guided long-range ammunition capabilities and products of Diehl Defence’, the Australian company noted in a statement.

Diehl previously supplied 76mm rounds to the Royal Australian Navy. In June 2021, the company signed an MoU with Nioa to support sovereign Australian munitions manufacturing capabilities.

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