South Australia’s Axiom Precision Manufacturing has been selected by Lockheed Martin as one of two Australian global supply chain partners for the Orion spacecraft program – a cornerstone of NASA’s Artemis missions to the Moon.

Axiom and New South Wales-based Nupress Group were awarded the contracts to supply precision machined components for the Orion program based on their cost-saving proposals, exceptional customer responsiveness and reduced lead times.

The companies had also established themselves as industry partners on the F-35 program, further backing their proposals.

Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand, Warren McDonald, congratulated the companies, stating they exemplified the industrial capability available in Australia.

“Their commitment to quality and innovation aligns perfectly with Lockheed Martin’s dedication to delivering excellence,” Mr McDonald said.

“This is an example of how the Global Supply Chain program has allowed us to partner with and provide opportunities for Australian industry to shape the future of defence and space exploration.”

General Manager of Axiom, Craig Maynard, said the company is proud to contribute to the Orion program.

“This new partnership with Lockheed Martin exemplifies our dedication to precision, innovation and embracing complex challenges, and we look forward to our expanding role in advancing space exploration,” Mr Maynard said.

The Orion Production and Operations Contract is an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract encompassing up to 12 vehicles. The opportunity for up to six additional spacecraft may be ordered under the IDIQ contract, leveraging cost data to enable optimised unit prices.

Learn more about the Orion spacecraft program


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