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MBDA signs new MoUs for Land 400 bid

5th October 2017 - 07:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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MBDA has signed new Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with five Australian companies as part of its MMP missile system bid for the LAND 400 Phase 2 programme, the company announced on 4 October.

South Australian companies Airspeed and Codan, Victorian companies Pennant Australasia and Pelican Trimcast and Western Australia's Hofmann Engineering are the latest additions to the MBDA Australia partnering network, which already includes Queensland's Ferra Engineering.

MBDA is positioning the MMP to arm the vehicle selected for the LAND 400 programme. Under the MoU, if the missile is selected it will be built, maintained and evolved in Australia in order to meet Australian content goals. The company will create MBDA Australia to lead the project.

Andy Watson, managing director, MBDA Australia, said: ‘These companies are truly representative of Australia’s world class engineering capability and I am delighted that we will have the opportunity to work together on such an important programme.

‘We have been engaged with some of these companies for more than four years and LAND 400 is now providing the catalyst to allow us to take these relationships to the next stage. MMP is the only fifth generation anti-tank guided weapon in production. It is the most advanced and lowest risk missile solution for Land 400 Phase 2 and offers unique technological and strategic benefits to Australia.’

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