VRA welcomes Sovereign Guided Weapons Manufacturing Announcement
6th April 2021
Jacob Blitman, CEO of Varley Rafael Australia Pty Ltd (VRA) has welcomed the 31 MAR21 Morrison Government’s announcement to “accelerate the creation of a $1 billion Sovereign Guided Weapons Enterprise”.
VRA, a joint venture between the 135 years old, wholly Australian owned Varley Group and RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd will deliver the SPIKE Guided Weapon system selected by Army as its Long Range Direct Fire Support Weapon capability (LR2) and is included in both the LAND400 Phase 2 and Phase 3 programs.
The Spike LR2 is a 5th generation weapon system, already selected by some 6 nations, with an extensive Transfer of Technology (ToT) program enabling Australian industry to move into domestic guided missile production and comprehensive in service support.
VRA has been engaging with relevant Australian defence manufacturing companies, reviewing the existing in-country capabilities and progressing detailed path to deliver sovereign capabilities.
The ToT approach will utilise proven RAFAEL processes and extensive experience in establishing local production and support capabilities to deliver Sovereign Guided Weapons Manufacturing capability, high technology local content jobs and high end upskilling of Australian personnel.
VRA looks forward to continuing to work with the Commonwealth and Australian industry in moving forward with the SPIKE capability and delivering sovereign battlefield advantage to the ADF.
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