Australian-owned firearms supplier and manufacturer NIOA has teamed up with Winchester to form the world’s largest small arms ammunition enterprise. The two companies have signed a long-term supply contract with the Australian Defence Force, shoring up the ADF as it moves forward.
The partnership assures the supply of munitions for existing small calibre weapons used by Australian soldiers, as well as new systems which will be introduced. Queensland-based NIOA has been supplying the ADF with ammunition for a number of years under its Commonwealth Major Munitions Contract.
NIOA Chief Executive Officer Robert Nioa said the contract with Winchester was big for the business. “As one of the world’s most recognised brands and a leading manufacturer of small arms munitions, NIOA looks forward to working with Winchester,” he said. “The ADF requires an assured supply of munitions which are interoperable with Australia’s key allies.”
Winchester President Brett Flaugher said the two companies are on the same page for Australia’s future. “We’re proud to see the beginning of this arrangement with NIOA,” Mr Flaugher said. “Our two teams share similar values including quality, reliability and innovation, ensuring our servicemen and women always have the best equipment.”
NIOA is investing more than $130m over the next five years in domestic munitions and explosives manufacturing.