Kongsberg Defence Australia today announced that it has selected Sydney-based communications company Eylex as the cable system provider for the Australian Defence Force Short Range Ground Based Air Defence capability being delivered under the Australian Government’s Project LAND 19 Phase 7B.
In partnership with Raytheon Australia, Kongsberg will deliver a National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS) for the Australian Army. NASAMS is a state-of-the-art weapons system with beyond-visual-range capability that will enable the Army to quickly detect, engage and destroy aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, and cruise missile threats. It is operational or being delivered to ten other nations.
Eylex will manufacture and supply cables systems for the NASAMS Fire Distribution Centres, Battery Operations Centres and NASAMS Classroom Trainers.
Eylex is one of several Australian companies that will be selected into the Kongsberg supply chain to be involved in the manufacture and production of NASAMS for Australia. It follows the successful completion of an extensive source selection process, including an assessment of Eylex’s product range, technical expertise and production management systems.
Assistant Defence Minister and Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Hon Alex Hawke MP, whose electorate of Mitchell includes the Eylex headquarters, welcomed the announcement and applauded the inclusion of another Australian company into the Project LAND 19 Phase 7B supply chain.
“Eylex is an outstanding example of an Australian owned Defence industry business. I have met and visited Eylex on numerous occasions and I’m thrilled that they are continuing to be a key supplier for Australian Defence programs,” Minister Hawke said.
“This is yet another example of the Morrison Government’s investment in Australian Defence Force capability.”
Kongsberg Defence Australia General Manager, John Fry, said the selection of Eylex reinforces Kongsberg’s commitment to partnering with Australian suppliers and industry.
“Kongsberg Defence Australia is proud to partner with a fantastic company such as Eylex, who meet the highest standard of capability and product performance. Kongsberg is committed to developing a sovereign Australian industry capability in the manufacture and support of NASAMS for the Australian Army,” Mr Fry said.
Supply Chain Manager for Kongsberg Defence Australia, Sally Dunbar, commended Eylex’s commitment and proven track record of delivering a better communications capability for the Australian military.
“Eylex has an excellent track record and will assist Kongsberg to deliver a highly effective Ground Based Air Defence system that will contribute to the protection of our service men and women from modern airborne threats,” Ms. Dunbar said.
Eylex Director of Australian Industry Capability, Todd Williams, said he was pleased to have been selected by Kongsberg to make a valuable contribution to the NASAMS capability.
“We look forward to working closely with Kongsberg Defence Australia to manufacture and deliver cable systems for NASAMS. This is an endorsement of our AIC investment and Eylex is incredibly proud to have been selected by Kongsberg to contribute to the delivery of a world class Ground Based Air Defence system capability,” Mr Williams said.
Eylex, based in Castle Hill, NSW, provides an extensive range of mission critical communications products and services that meet the specific requirements of Australian and New Zealand Defence and Emergency Services customers.
Kongsberg Defence Australia will assemble and integrate the Fire Distribution Centres, Battery Operations Centres and NASAMS Classroom Trainers in Raytheon Australia’s Centre for Joint Integration (CJI) facility in Adelaide using predominantly Australian supplied components. It will also conduct final assembly of the Canister Launchers, and support Raytheon Australia in integration activities.