Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions to produce ammunition for US F-35 programme

25 March 2020

A joint venture (JV) between Rheinmetall Defence Australia (RDA) and Australian munition and weapon systems specialist NIOA announced on 25 March that it is set to produce and supply medium-calibre ammunition for the US F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme.

Called Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions (RNM), the JV said in a statement that, subject to approval from the Australian Department of Defence (DoD), it will begin production of 25 mm Frangible Armour Piercing (FAP) rounds at the federal government-owned Benalla plant in the southeastern state of Victoria, adding that the proposed ‘load assemble pack’ (LAP) line at Benalla will be capable of producing 20 mm to 35 mm medium-calibre ammunition.

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