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Global defence giant Kongsberg accelerates development of $25M Adelaide headquarters

Kongsberg Defence Australia has fast-tracked the development of its $25m Australian manufacturing headquarters at Technology Park.

Global defence enterprise, Kongsberg Defence Australia, is rapidly expediting the development of its $25 million Australian manufacturing headquarters. The 2500m2 manufacturing and office facility originally had a three-year delivery plan, but an influx in both current and future opportunities has spurred a brisk completion of the project.

The venue is located at Technology Park in Mawson Lakes. The Norwegian company’s local subsidiary purchased 6000m2 of land from Renewal SA in 2022. This acquisition supports their work on a variety of defence programs.

These include the Naval Strike Missile capability for Anzac Class Frigates and Hobart Class Destroyers, the CORTEX capability for Protected Mobile Fires, and sustaining the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) Ground Based Air Defence System and PROTECTOR Remote Weapon Systems.

Currently, Kongsberg Defence Australia operates with Raytheon Australia at the Centre for Joint Integration in Mawson Lakes. The collaboration allows successful delivery of NASAMS for the Australian Army.

The stand-alone facility, marking KONGSBERG’s first Defence business in the Asia-Pacific region, will serve numerous activities. This includes manufacture, assembly, integration, testing, verification, maintenance, software development and training sessions.

Nick Champion, Minister for Trade and Investment, welcomed the presence of global defence companies like Kongsberg Defence Australia in South Australia. “Partnerships like this one have very positive impacts on South Australia’s economy and reinforces our position as Australia’s defence state,” he said.

Relocation of high-value technology companies to precincts like Technology Park “accelerates collaboration and innovation in the high-value defence sector to maximise the capabilities these partnerships will deliver,” Champion added.

Designed to accommodate as many as 150 staff in the coming years, the new headquarters will home Kongsberg Defence Australia’s local team. It is scheduled to welcome on-board roles in systems engineering, mechanical engineering, and software engineering.

John Fry, General Manager of Kongsberg Defence Australia, said that the decision to invest in a new KONGSBERG facility was to support existing and future growth. “However, current programs combined with the nature of the technology transfer from Norway to Australia, has allowed us to commit to building the entire facility and all of its stages,” he added.

The facility is geared to open its doors to employees in June 2024.

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